Ever since the music industry tried to quietly kill off vinyl, it appears that the medium, complete with its accompanying cover art form, has triumphantly resisted eradication. In fact, not only have records, along with album & singles & ten-inch cover art, refused to die -- they've actually grown in popularity with a whole new generation of appreciative vinyl fans.
As we well know, these days vinyl sales are continually going up and it seems you can't go a week without encountering some wonderful new album cover art show
somewhere. Not only are curators presenting classic album cover art on exhibition, but this week one most innovative individual is presenting an exhibit of all new & original record cover art by many different artists complete with all-new corresponding music -- fictitious songs for fictitious bands!
Bay Area artist Sonny Smith
(of Sonny & the Sunsets
) melds his love of both music and art in a unique new gallery show titled 100 Records
that opens tomorrow (April 9th) at Gallery 16
in San Francisco. The diverse & tireless San Francisco artist, who just recently returned from SXSW
in Austin, TX with the Sunsets (the band he formed three years ago with Tim Cohen
and Kelley Stoltz
and whose changing lineup now includes Ryan Browne, Tahlia Harbour
and Zack Ehrlich
), spent the past year meticulously piecing together the 100 Records
show in which he created the names
and song titles for 100 different fictitious bands.