FT5: Album Covers of 2009 (So Far)

1120top5coverAt a time when we are all witnessing the CD’s imminent demise and the convenience of digital files running rampant, thankfully from an art perspective, a vinyl re-emergence is upon us. While sound quality is obviously seen as the most important reason why we are seeing audiophiles jumping back on the vinyl bandwagon, album artwork is also getting a much deserved close-up. With the vinyl album requiring more elaborate artwork packages, bands are re-thinking the overall aesthetic and producing some great work, which only enhances the overall music experience. 2009 has been a great year not only for the ears, but for the eyes as well and below are my picks for the Top 5 album covers from 2009 (so far). Honorable mentions go to Animal Collective’s cover for making me dizzy from staring at it too long and Neko Case for badass picture of the year. Obviously art is about as subjective as subjectivity can get, so give us some feedback. Who’s your number 1?
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Friday Rocks!

thedolls Too many good shows Friday to name, but we’ll hit up the highlights.  If you don’t see live music in Austin on Friday, I’m  not sure we can be friends anymore. Really.

Bonnie Prince Billy, Howling Hex @ The Mohawk – Tickets

Animal Collective DJ Set @ Waterloo Records @ 5 PM – Free

Animal Collective, Black Dice @ Stubbs – SOLD OUT—Try to sneak in

New York Dolls, Black Joe Lewis @ Emos — Tickets

Alejandro Escovedo @ Antones – Tickets

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