THREE LOBED RECORDINGS
Art Direction, Design, Illustration
Three Lobed Recordings is a one-man boutique record label, and I am a one-man creative agency. We work quite well together on large projects every couple of years, often inviting master letterpress printer Jeff Mueller (Dexterity Press) to be part of the fun. We are collectively extremely proud of the three projects presented below.
Two years in the making, Parallelogram is a critically-acclaimed premium five-LP set featiring new full-length sides of music from Hiss Golden Messenger, Michael Chapman, Six Organs of Admittance, William Tyler, Steve Gunn, Kurt Vile, John Moloney & Thurston Moore Caught On Tape, Bishop Orcutt Corsano, Bardo Pond and Yo La Tengo. All packaging was letterpressed by Jeff Mueller at Dexterity Press in New Haven, CT.
A deluxe compilation 12" LP for Record Store Day 2012, Eight Trails, One Path features eight contemporary guitar masters: Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls), Sir Richard Bishop, David Daniell (San Agustin, Rhys Chatham Ensembles), Danny Paul Grody (Tarentel, the Drift), Steve Gunn (Gunn-Truscinski Duo, GHQ), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Six Organs of Admittance (aka Ben Chasny), and WilliamTyler (Lambchop, Silver Jews). My illustration is a nod to the western films that featured soundtracks by Ennio Morricone, a composer many of these guitarists cite as an influence. Covers were printed in brown and metallic silver ink on Jeff Mueller's vintage letterpress at Dexterity Press in New Haven, CT.
Conceived as a tenth anniversary label compilation, Not the Spaces You Know, but Between Them is a deluxe box set containing four vinyl LPs and a 7" single. Each side features new music from Sonic Youth, Mouthus, Bardo Pond, Steve Gunn, Wooden Wand, D. Charles Speer and the Helix, Eternal Tapestry, Comets on Fire, Sun City Girls, Key Demo and Hush Arbors. With the artwork for this project, I played with two different media (oils and pen and ink) depicting the same subject matter for front and back of each record cover. The set was a critical smash and sold out immediately.