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251 Days

That’s how long it has been since my last post. Normally, I’d be totally ashamed about that, but all manner of crazy shit has been going on since we last spoke. I quit my job, moved to Minneapolis, started a new job, and bought a house–I even had a second (arguably) vestigial organ removed from my body, emergency-style.

I realize that 85% of blogs on the internet end with a post that starts: “Sorry, I haven’t posted in a while…”, so I was tempted to pick up like nothing had changed. I was prepared to ask you to pretend the last 251 days never occurred, and to suggest we’d both feel better about things that way. But the reality is, I’m now two organs short of a full body, and you deserve better.

Therefore, to get us back in gear, I decided to cull together a compendium of six random things I probably would have posted about had I been better at my not-job.

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Bollyvinyl Records

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.

Johnny Kelly “Procrastination”

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…

Would you like fries with that digital download?

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.

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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.

See the full (giant) infographic after the jump.

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I Wonder

Marian Bantjes - I Wonder

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.

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Autechre “Oversteps,” Deluxe Vinyl Edition

Autechre Oversteps

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.

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Zach Johnsen and His Hoola Nuns

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.


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