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I know I’ve talked about the Twilight Concert Series multiple times on this blog, well the series kicks off this week with Scottish group Belle & Sebastian!!! Ahhhh!!!! Back in 1999 I was shopping at a Sugarhouse record shop, Salt City CD’s, & was drawn to the album artwork of their debut album, Tigermilk. I had never heard of the band, but I took a chance & bought the record. Holy cow! Who were these guys? After listening to the album for a few weeks I returned to Salt City & picked up, Boy With the Arab Strap & If You’re Feeling Sinister. B&S quickly became a favorite of mine. In 2004 I had the opportunity to see the band live while attending the Coachella Festival.

Last week I started a new gig poster series hand lettering a lyric from each band performing at the Twilight Series. In the process of the Belle Sebastian poster, I accidentally spilled a glass of coffee all over my sketchbook, such a sad, sad, event. You can purchase the Belle & Sebastian poster here.

Sunshine We All See The Same Sky // PatternDaily

Sunshine We All See The Same Sky Sketch // PatternDaily

Society6 Shop

April 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Have I mentioned that I opened a Society6 shop? Yeah… I opened it back in January.

Here’s my most recent addition.

Society6 // Diamond Pattern // PatternDaily

Pinterest Board Covers

April 7, 2013 — 6 Comments

I’m sure you & I can agree that Pinterest is one of the best things to happen on the web. I use it daily, wether i’m pinning or searching for inspiration, it’s a handy companion. From the beginning of my Pinterest usage, from time to time it would frustrate me looking at the various board cover images, they can become overwhelming. Recently I came up with the idea to my own covers, here’s the end result. Feel free to repin  the board covers for your own use. I imagine that I would redesign cover images from time to time to ‘freshen’ things up.

Pinterest Board Covers

Everything about 2012’s ‘The Haunted Man, the third release from English singer-songwriter Natasha Kahn (AKA Bat For Lashes) gorgeous. The album ended up being one of my top five favorite releases of last year. On ‘The Haunted Man‘, Kahn lets her guard down, explores lush soundscapes and throws herself into every word of the evocative moving lyrics, her vocals are softer showing someone who is deeply hurt.

To me, the track “Laura” is extremely powerful with it’s simpleness that features only a piano and delicate horns floating in the distance. I find Kahn’s voice is so powerful here & I get emotional with every listen, it’s simple the finest song she’s written. One line from the song strikes me every time… “You’re the train that crashes my heart.”

You're The Train That Crashed My Heart /// Bat For Lashes /// PatternDaily

Snow Day /// Utah

January 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

Snow Day /// PatternDaily

The winter storm going by the name of Gandalf hit Salt Lake yesterday and has yet to stop.   Schools closed up, the zoo shut down and I stayed bundled up inside – minus the shoveling of walkways. Those who know me, know I avoid any form of driving when the white stuff comes out in full force.

Last week I received and email from Zoya Feldman of Hype Machine, a MP3 blog aggregator, to illustrate an image for their year end Zeitgeist list. I selected the haunting & sexy Portland electronic group Chromatics. In the early days (2001-2005) they had a more punk-ish sound until they took a complete departure and released the brilliant 2007 album, Night Drive, which included the beautiful Kate Bush cover “Running Up that Hill“. This year saw the release of their fourth studio album, Kill For Love, it’s really, really good.

Chromatics /// PatternDaily

 

Only a few songwriters have moved me to tears with their voice, Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, Emmylou Harris, and Neko Case. Years ago (maybe decades) began subscribing to No Depression, a quarterly magazine that highlighted the alt-country scene. Based on a review I read in the mag, I picked up Neko’s 2002 release Blacklisted. The album pushes her unique storytelling & her phenomenal vocals to the forefront. To me, Blacklisted is flawless. While I was working at the music store I pimped this album to coworkers, to my regular customers, basically I wanted as many people I could find to be exposed this brilliant piece of work.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen her live but one thing is for sure, I will never grow tired of seeing this beautiful woman, never.