I dig Pat Metheny. He is a creative musician who composes and performs rich, textured music that I love to get lost inside. I was informed this past week that the Pat Metheny Unity Group will be releasing a new album, KIN (←→).
My affinity for vinyl prompted me to pre-order the German pressed 140-gram 2 LP set that includes a complete CD and an exclusive print of the cover art signed by Pat himself 😉
I love the graphics design for the album cover.
“The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio and I played over 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record. Over the course of that period, the band became one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for expansion and further research. Concurrently, I had been kind of itching to write more in the style that I had developed over the years with my regular groups and projects where there is a lush and more orchestrated kind of compositional conception that went beyond the sonic limits of what a straight ahead quartet might invoke. But I really didn’t want to lose the energy, focus and intensity of what this band had developed. I wanted to take it further. If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be—but with that hardcore thing still sitting right in the middle of it all.” ~ Pat Metheny
The Pat Metheny Unity Group consists of Pat Metheny (Guitar), Chris Potter (Sax), Antonio Sanchez (Drums), Ben Williams (Bass), and Giulio Carmassi (Multi-Instrumentalist).
I see that the Pat Metheny Unity Group has announced a world tour and that a concert is taking place at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus on March 25th, 2014. I plan to make that our first concert ticket buy for 2014 😉
I thought I would share my son Matt Jennings’s music graphic design art with you today. He is a fan of Modest Mouse among other artists. Matt has designed the first in a new series of album inspired art for sale on Society6.
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Wow has it been 40 years already since the release of Pink Floyd’sDark Side of the Moon? I remember well March 17, 1973 when that recording debuted (US release date according to Capitol Records). The FM radio station I listened to out of New York City, WNEW-FM 102.7 leaned on it strongly. I bought my vinyl LP copy on the Saturday afternoon it was released here in the States. On the following day, Sunday the 18th of March 1973 I was fortunate to witness Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon 1973 Tour. They performed at The Palace in Waterbury, Ct. I wrote about that experience in the blog post hyper-linked below.
Pink Floyd and EMI Music will mark the 40th Anniversary of the original UK release of The Dark Side of The Moon on 24 March 2013, as fans around the globe unite to turn a specially designed moon dark. Centred around a global playback of the album on PinkFloyd.com, each memory, thought and photo tweeted as fans rediscover the album will count towards the creation of a dark side of the moon.
Starting at 00:01am GMT on 24 March 2013, for the entire day fans all over the world will be able to share thoughts and comments via twitter using #DarkSide40 and witness the impact as the volume of messages combine to turn the moon dark.
When it comes to branding and logo there may not be a more discernible icon than the Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon “Prism”. (Well perhaps the Rolling Stones Lips might top it…) It was designed by Storm Thorgerson when he was with Hipignosis. I have been a major fan of Storm Thorgerson for decades.
Keep watching the Pink Floyd Web page, http://darkside40.pinkfloyd.com/ for the variants of the Dark Side of the Moon prism. Each day another square in the diagram gets filled in and I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon 😉
Roger Dean has been art designer for the progressive rock bands, Yes and Asia for decades. He designs worlds that immerse us in compelling art illustrations.
The last time I saw Yes in concert was 2004 at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. It was their 35 anniversary Songs From Tsongas Tour. Roger Dean designed a full stage experience that engulfed members of Yes. The event has been preserved on DVD. Here is song from that historic tour, “Going For The One”,
Roger Dean has two unique world events coming up, the first one will take place in England next month in November. The Roger Dean Art Exhibition will include Roger Dean and Rick Wakeman in person together. They will appear on November 3rd, 2012 at Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Sussex, England.
The other event is the science fiction convention called Arisia which takes place in Boston, Massachusetts January 18-23, 2013. Roger Dean will be on several panels during the convention, and will also be giving a talk about his own work. The image posted below is his T shirt design for this event.
I love my hobby within my main music hobby, rock poster art collecting. I just renewed my membership with The Rock Poster Society based in San Francisco, California. They sent me a cool t-shirt based on this poster by EMEK for renewing 😉
It is my sincere wish to visit San Francisco with Rosemary in the near future. We’ve developed some very nice friendships there and would love to visit with our west coast friends someday 🙂 I’d love to include a Rock Poster Society Event in those travels 😉
Speaking of Rock Poster Society Events that is the purpose of my music blog post today. Tomorrow The Rock Poster Society (TRPS) will hold the rock poster art event of the summer! TRPS is teaming up with the Academy of Art University to present Rock Art By the Bay on Saturday August 18, 2012 at the Cannery near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The show will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission: FREE
What an exciting week for Pink Floyd fans and music collectors. The Why Pink Floyd? EMI/Capitol sales and distribution campaign commences today for North America. All the studio albums are newly remastered including unreleased music from the archives & collectors’ box sets.