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The Accidentals “Spirit Animals” Poster

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I got to do this cool poster for hometown heroes The Accidentals. After a couple rounds of back-and-forth, a “spirit animal” idea came to be.

The band has included this poster among the “perks” for their Indiegogo campaign raising funds for their first west coast tour. Get one for yourself and be a part of something special!

AND be sure to check out this fantastic young band when they come to your town this year!

The Accidentals Poster Detail

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Ani Difranco Poster

Ani DiFranco Poster

This Ani DiFranco poster is actually the very conception of what would eventually become FUTURALBUM. During my final weeks at my last job, I discovered Flickr Internet Archive Book Images, and since Ani’s show was our next upcoming event, threw together this quick design just for fun.

It was one of those instances where you see some sort of image you can’t help but make something cool with it, even if it only gets a few minutes and you know no one might ever see it. Sadly that was the case here, as this poster never saw light of day (hopefully you’ll still make it to the show).

Sometimes a piece of work without the inherited anxiety of trying to please someone else—even if thrown together quickly—can be the most effective. It is that magical thing where the purity of creating is imposed upon the creation itself.

It was such a simple design and reminded me of my early days as a designer… which got me wondering what else I could do with that Flickr archive… Naturally I went overboard and jumped into plans for FUTURALBUM the next week.

Today it is pretty cool to see all that’s transpired because I took 10 minutes just to do some fun design work.

2014 Favorite Albums

2014 Favorite Albums

My favorite albums this year are mostly predictable, but nestled in there among my safe bets of the 2010’s (tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, alt-j, etc) and long-term commitments to 1990’s heroes (Weezer, Beck, J Mascis) are a handful of really fun new discoveries from 2014.
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Lyle Lovett Gig Poster

Lyle Lovett Gig Poster

Well no sooner do I post about my exciting new job for a creative startup company, that I’m afraid to announce it has already ended. Anytime you jump into a startup you run the risk of it never starting up at all, and sadly that’s what’s happened this time around.

At least I was able to throw together a few posters this summer. That Brandi Carlile poster with the beer goddess illustration is something I’ll always be proud of, and this concert poster for the Lyle Lovett show in Traverse City turned out pretty cool too.

New Job and New Brandi Carlile Poster

Brandi Carlile Gig Poster

I started a new job recently as the Art & Design Director for a local event production company. Many friends have asked about it, but I have not had time to share any details about the change publicly, since I began right in the midst of our busiest (read: crazy) season and had to jump in with both feet—which honestly is the best way to do anything.
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Pete Seeger’s Banjo

Pete Seeger's Banjo

Download Free Print: Pete Seeger’s Banjo

Pete Seeger will always remain one of my personal heroes. It’s not his political activism that necessarily draws me to him, but rather how much he valued the things in life that really matter; how he truly believed you can change the world by getting people to sing together. I admire his commitment to working people and human rights, but it is his 70-year marriage that places him above others who I respect, into a special group of those I aspire to be.

Every time I hear him speak he manages to say something so wise it moves me instantly and stays with me permanently.

I once heard him say the happiest people he’s met are those who are hurting in some way.

At the time I was hurting pretty bad, and it was incredibly moving to hear someone else who understood how on earth I could be so completely happy.

Strong Odors Favorite Albums 2013

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With new albums in 2013 from favorites Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Avett Brothers, Vampire Weekend, and (after a 17-year wait) Mazzy Star, my list is relatively predictable, but hopefully there are at least a couple surprises in there too.

I’d imagined a new Churchill album on the list this year, but sadly it seems to have landed in musical purgatory after the band disintegrated last summer…

What was your favorite album this year?

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2012 Favorite Albums

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Here are a few of my favorite albums from the past year. Listen for yourself in my “2012 Favorite Albums” playlist on Spotify.

2012 Albums I Anticipated

  • Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself / Hands of Glory
  • Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
  • The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  • Beach House – Bloom
  • Feist – Metals
  • Grizzly Bear – Shields
  • Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  • Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
  • Mumford & Sons – Babel
  • Passion Pit – Gossamer
  • Regina Spektor – What we Saw from the Cheap Seats
  • Sigur Ros – Valtari
  • Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

2012 Albums that Surprised Me

  • Alex Winston – King Con
  • Bill Ryder-Jones – If…

  • Diiv – Oshin
  • Fang Island – Major
  • First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
  • Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  • Lightships – Electric Cables
  • The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
  • Miike Snow – Happy to You
  • Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  • Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
  • Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  • Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  • Twin Shadow – Confess

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