23 gig posters that rock!

I’ve always been a fan of gig posters. I think my first exposure to them was on the old brick walls of the Fremantle Woolstores when I used to ride past on the bus. I loved their bright flash of fluro paper (it was the 80’s yo) and the stories the images conveyed about the band and their music. These posters captured my attention in an instant which is exactly what a good gig poster should do. But it’s only when you stop and take a better look that you really appreciate the artistry of the medium.

1 Radiohead by Bruce Young // 2 Dave Mathews Band by Landland // 3 Beastie Boys by Emek // 4 Öge, Bilal & Lu by Zwölf // 5 Pearl Jam by Chris Shaw // 6 Detroit Cobras by Cricket Press // 7 Wilco by Alvin Diec // 8 The xx by Alvin Diec // 9 Bob Dylan by Ken Taylor // 10 The National by Sarah Wood // 11 Gogol Bordello by Sarah Wood // 12 Passion Pit by Nerl Says Design // 13 Tokyo Police Club by Nerl Says Design // 14 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Cyrille Rousseau // 15 The Decemberists by Zeloot // 16 Still Talking by Colin Gillespie // 17 Menomena by Andy Vastagh // 18 Nada Surf by Made For Ending // 19 Spyglass Gypsies by Green Peas for Breakfast // 20 Invincible Kids by Landland // 21 Sonic Youth by Zeloot // 22 Youth Lagoon by James Lloyd // 23 Gotye by Doe Eyed

Pop Chart Lab

So I just had another one of my mind blown moments. I came across the work of Pop Chart Lab while researching for this week’s music posts. Ben and Patrick (the dudes behind Pop Chart Lab) take the infographic genre to a whole new level.

“In 2010, a book editor and a graphic designer joined forces with one modest goal: to render all of human experience in chart form. With a small team of researchers and designers, Pop Chart Lab continues to assemble and arrange cultural data into art.”

Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names
– 282 sobriquets from the world of rap music, arranged according to semantics.

A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Popular Music
– From the pompadour to the moptop to the metal mane to whatever it is Lady Gaga has atop her head, here is a history of popular music as told through the notable haircuts.

A Visual Compendium of Guitars
– A catalog of 64 famed guitars culled from over 75 years of rock ‘n’ roll history.

Periodic Table of Heavy Metals
– A table of 303 heavy metals–from AC/DC to Zyklon–charted according to genre.

No Sleep Til Breuckelen
– Kick it olde school with a shout-out to 17th-century Dutch Brooklyn. Where Breuckelen at? Right here.

Music music music!

Where would we be without music? I don’t know but I’m sure that place would suck, right?!

Whenever I think about my near obsessive love for all things musical these words by Mike D from the Beastie Boys classic track Professor Booty pop into my head.

“I’ve been through many times in which I thought I might lose it. The only thing that saved me has always been music.”

Amen Mike D. Amen.

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A new obsession

I have a little bit of a ‘thing’ for gig posters and I’ve decided that 2012 will be the year that I really jump in to some serious gig poster collecting. Here are some beauties that I would LOVE to add to my collection. Do you collect gig posters? I’d love to know!

She & Him by Anna See

Paramore by Strawberry Luna

The Decemberists – LA – by Nate Duval

The Cure by Vahalla Studios

The Civil Wars by The Uprising Creative

Foster the People by Delicious

Elliott Smith at the Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando Couldn’t find any artist details 🙁 I *need* this poster. Just on the off chance that anyone reading this wants to sell me one!