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December 17, 2009

Cover Stars

I love the aesthetic of the homemade - the scratchy, do-it-yourself, oddball outsider stuff and I've been wondering why? Is it the feeling of honesty - that it's more human - it's attainable - spontaneous?

I'm a massive fan of lo-fi music and associated art... if I saw a record with a hand-drawn cover, 9 times out of 10 I could be sure it would be my thing. Looking at the artwork of these gems now - they haven't dated - they're timeless - as fresh today as they were 15 years ago and I've realized how much my creative output owes a great debt to the look of these classics bits of vinyl.

I'd love to see your favorite drawn covers - the ones that mean something to you (I can't get enough!) :)


okat Posted Dec 17, 2009
Easily one of my favorite drawn album covers is by The Shins, titled Wincing The Night Away. Check it:

Chris Piascik
Chris Piascik Posted Dec 17, 2009
Wincing the Night Away is great. I love the other 2 Shins albums Jesse Ledoux illustrated, namely Chutes to Narrow. I also love the lettering on Neko Case's new album.

Lisa Otto
Lisa Otto Posted Dec 17, 2009
I have to say that Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's album cover for Puzzle (drawn by Emma Bentley) is definitely one of my favs.

Arya Posted Dec 17, 2009
Iron & Wine and mewithoutYou both have really great covers too

überkraaft Posted Dec 17, 2009
Aw yeah, the Shins!! Of course :) - Chris that lettering is great

überkraaft Posted Dec 17, 2009
Lisa, Arya .. yes and yes!!

Polly Posted Dec 18, 2009
Neutral Milk Hotel - In An Aeroplane Over The Sea

you should take a listen too- beautiful, beautiful music too. the albums based about Anne Frank!

Adam Zygadllo
Adam Zygadllo Posted Dec 23, 2009
Any "Cramps" record cover pretty much rules.

dzjiehoen Posted Dec 28, 2009
tortoise - TNT

SEZIO Posted Jan 8, 2010
Joel P West has made some amazing hand crafted album covers for Oregon's own Norman ( and Ruth (


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