Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

illustrationISM's TOP ALBUMS of 2014...


Here's my Top Ten+ Favorite Albums of 2014, 
(mind you, these are what i enjoyed listening
to this year. These have nothing to do with
top 40 radio, Rolling Stone, MOJO, or
Eugene Weekly influences. There was a couple of
77s albums (Gimme a Kickstart…) i couldn't get a 
hold of (Mike) so i couldn't listen
to them (i don't like PayPal). 
I'll have to mention a couple of albums that 
didn't make it in my top ten, BUT were fun to listen to.  
One was MEHLIANA (Taming the Dragon) 
by Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
& two(!) BRIAN ENO & KARL HYDE
albums, Someday World and High Life.)


starting with Number 10...



10. Jack White - Lazaretto

String man Jack had such a table spread of guitar 
dishes on Lazaretto. His precise chicken cluck guitar picking
hits the notes perfectly that bb king would thumb up.
His lyrics were a diary of blues, heartache and 'leave me alone' strokes.




9a. Pinnick Gales Pridgen - PGP2  and
9b. Chevelle - La Gargola

These two hard hitting albums were a nice balance if you wanted to 
hear some (more) great guitar work from who i consider to be
'Jimi 2' guitarist Eric Gales (on PGP2).




8. Daniel Lanois - Flesh & Machine

'Producer of sound' master Daniel Lanois had/has a great
atmospheric pool of his slide, drums and sync machines.
Some vocal at the beginning BUT all instrumental after that.
Great to listen to in the dark!
I wonder what Songs of Innocence would sound like if 
The Larry Mullen Band would of let him produce s.o.i.?!




7. The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down

Laura & Lydia Rogers voices are so melodic and 
pleasing to the ear and mind.
This album was, also great because 
T Bone Burnett produced it and makes the music sound like
a lot of his 80s solo stuff!




6. Simple Minds - BIG MUSIC

Yes, and i mean BIG MUSIC! 
Turn it up loud on a great stereo.




5. Johnny Cash - Out Among the Stars

JC meant to hide this, i think, and then reveal to JC Jr. for a nice 2014 gift!
Every song with Uncle John is warming and fun and the stories in
each song is right on and personal.
Faves: If I Told You Who It Was and I Drove her Out of My Mind




4. Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil - Goliath

It seems like a lot of Taylors (my last years #1 !) are 
blessed with GREAT lyric writing.
The Foils are tight, fun and sharp. It's been too long between
Steve albums. This album was a little too compact, but 
punchy (like a cue ball). I would've liked a longer album!!




                                                           3. Heath McNease - Among Thieves 

I hope Heath is blessed with all the great music he puts out.
This album is so good with the very personal, terse lyrics and 
his great guitar work. (Do i mention his guitar work and have 
Jack White at #10?!).
His lil' film Fort Wayne is a great match to this album.




2. The Call - A Tribute to Michael Been
Featuring Robert Levon Been of BRMC 

     Have you noticed there's several repeat groups from my choices last year?
BRMC, Heath McNease, Pinnick Gales and Pridgen, etc.
This is very close to my number one choice for 2014. The only reason it 
not being 1, is that U2 was in the crowd. 
The complete CALL concert (24 songs - to pledge music members), 
the 14 songs album and the DVD of the concert was such a
supply of great, memorable music from The Call!
The awesome, haunting part of it was that Robert Been 
(bass and vox) captured the soul of his dad.
The song 'You Run' just melts you in memory and Robert does a 
great job of channeling and chanting Michael.



                                            1. U2 - Songs of Innocence

5 years in the making, Songs of Innocence (plus the disc 2 bonus material) 
contains the past in lyrics humbly and the music with a neon wave
of synth sound (not SO new, attested to ACHTUNG, POP, and all the Fruitleg, Spiceleg and U2DJ Remixes, etc.). 
CRITIQUE TIME: The music is produced and layered in a little too much
synth to me. I missed a lot of Edge's guitar, it seemed he just added
some, in the songs, to let us know he's there. 
The guitar solo in Sleep Like a Baby Tonight, buzz's like a bee and is
pretty cool. (Sorry [why is he doing this to his top album?]…) the song
Iris (i know it's to/for his mother) shouldn't be on the album.
It seem's like too sappy and the song structure is staggered.
BUT, it is still the number one album, to me for 2014, 
regardless of my critical dents.
The album starts to take off, for me, at Volcano and each 
song after that gets better. 
The variety of sound, beat and story
are strong and have you shadow punching with delight. 
MORE GUITAR in Songs of Experience!




P.S.
Favorite Re-Issues:

1. Daniel Amos - Doppleganger The 'Alarma Chronicle' Volume 2
Double CD Deluxe
2. Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball Double CD/DVD Deluxe
3. Roy Obirson - Mystery Girl Double CD Deluxe



P.P.S 
Favorite Bob Dylan Tributes: 


1. From Another World - A Tribute to Bob Dylan
Musicians from around the world did great renditions
of Zimmy's songs
2. Bob Dylan in the 80's 
(My favorite Dylan era)


 THANX to SKIP'S RECORDS & CD WORLD for 
alot of these albums!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

my first 3 U2DJ Songs of Innocence REmix covers...

U2DJ SOI REMIXES 1

1.  Iris (Adam White Remix)  9:05
2.  California (Afliktor Remix)  3:51
3.  Every Breaking Wave (Afliktor Remix)  4:25
4.  The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) Davide Baldi Vs. U2 Remix  5:01
5.  Raised By Wolves (Didi Tokaouis Pear & Apple Remix)  4:30
6.  this is where you can reach me now - (dj dado live remix  6:31
7.  The Troubles - feat. Likkeli (Link-Tech Extended Remix))  8:51
8.  Iris (Marcus Karoumi Remix)  5:34
Total Time: 48 Minutes


U2DJ SOI REMIXES 2

1.  Sleep Like A Baby Tonight (Sandstorm Drum & Bass Mix - Radio Edit)  4:15
2.  Song For Someone (SEBASS UNOFFICIAL REMIX )  3:18
3.  California (Teetotllaer Bootleg Remix)  4:05
4.  The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) Backbeat Break Mix CF 2  5:22
5.  Every Breaking Wave (Remix DJ Americo 2014)  4:59
6.  RAISED BY WOLVES  (remix by dj americo)  5:15
7.  VOLCANO - YOU REMEMBER My B - Day Mix Volcano  3:46
8.   All I Want Is You (Mario V. Waked Up Bootleg Remix)  5:38
9.  Running to stand still - (Remix by Marcexl)  6:34
Total Time: 44 Minutes



U2DJ SOI REMIXES 3

1.  Iris (Hold Me Close) (Jean Luca Remix)  6:18
2.  ZOOstation (Letti Remix)  4:15
3.  Invisible Love (Ordinary Relevance Mix) Mike Sullivan  11:52
4.  Ordinary Love - Ariel Perazzoli Remix  7:18
5.  Iris (Electropolis Remix) U2DJ  8:04
Total Time: 38 Minutes

(just the 2014 covers...NOT the music!)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Sugar Beets / Opal Creek

@ the Waldorf School Christmas Faire today, i heard/saw 
the Sugar Beets/Opal Creek perform (Robin on Banjo)!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

If Jails worked they would be empty


Midnight Oil 'The Dreaming', State Theatre, Sydney, August 22, 2000

i made a custom, double, cd cover(s) for MIDNIGHT OIL's concert
in 2K. It was at the State Theatre in Sydney.
BACK

INSET

FRONT

(because there was not cover(s) for this yet)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's your function illy

Here's an politicks illustration;
for all the supreme court and the
senate/conned-gress' decisions lately.
(Q: IF PRO IS THE OPPOSITE OF CON -
WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF PROGRESS?
A: CONgress!)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

...LOST DOGS poster #2.

...here's the chosen poster that was 
for the LOST DOGS concert!

Lost Dogs poster 1 idea...

i drew/made a poster for a LOST DOGS concert here 
in eUgene a while back.
Here's 1 of the renditions...
...

Monday, September 15, 2014

...HOMES...continued...

"There's no place like HOME"
Judy Garland

(God give peace to our friend JAHSON MARRYSHOW (Solomon) )

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

...oliver wendell HOMES

...oliver wendell HOMES...
(i posted this when my 8-track was 
playing Simon & Garnfunkle's
HOMEWARD BOUND! 
Truly)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

...HOMES...Katie

HOMES...Katie Homes.
(get it? "instead of a cruise, i love
to be at HOME!")

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams

my REGISTER GUARD 'Your Ticket to the Movies' Contest
envelope #8...tribute to ROBIN WILLIAMS.
(i think i captured the eyes.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

YTTTM's #6

My Register Guard
'Your Ticket to the Movies' contest (#6) is...
...HERCULES!
The Rock is diggin' his new tattoo!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sorry So Late...my YTTTM's from LAST friday...

The Register Guard 'Your Ticket to the Movies' contest
envelope #5.
'Planet of the grApes'

Thursday, July 17, 2014