This is my first annual list of the top ten albums
of the year that I just could not shake from my iPod. These bands either wrote the catchiest songs, composed the best album of their career, or went out with a bang this year (Daughters and Envy on the Coast, you will be missed). This list is restricted to only the albums released in 2010, and although Bring Me the Horizon should receive a special award for ‘Most Improved Band,’ I had Deftones’ masterpiece, Diamond Eyes on repeat for days at a time! These albums are each fantastic, so if you haven’t heard them yet, give them a chance in 2011.
1. Deftones Diamond Eyes
2. Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
3. Four Year Strong Enemy of the World
4. Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
5. Circa Survive The Appendage
6. Periphery Self Titled
7. Envy on the Coast Lowcountry
8. Daughters Self Titled
9. Diamond Self Titled
10. Bring Me the Horizon There is a Hell…
1. A Day to Remember What Separates Me from You
2. The Devil Wears Prada Zombie EP
3. Wild Orchid Children …Are Alexander Supertramp
4. The Chariot Long Live
5. Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
I hope everyone is with family today, warm by the fire and surrounded with lots of presents!
Chalk this up as one of my favorite small jobs: Chase Whitney called me one evening and asked if I would be able to draw him up a snare badge design for his new signature product for Battlefield Drums. I was honored to be able to design this for him, plus what a cool little item that I’ve never considered before. And of course the design was needed the same night!
This was also my first time applying a pinstriping technique, usually reserved for the sides of sports cars and Mack trucks. I’ve always been really interested in that style, and I think it worked with this design pretty well. Look at that beast of a snare drum! Love it… wish I were a drummer.
If you’re a designer or creative professional in Chicago, you are obligated to attend [Merge presents] Reply All this Friday at Evil Olive! I can vouch for last year’s party—it was packed with every designer worth buying drinks for. However, this year there has been a number of upgrades: awesome sponsors, prizes, live DJs, original motion design pieces for the event, and guest speakers! People, design events don’t get more official than this.
And on the note of guest speakers, I’ve been graciously asked to be one of them! I’ll be telling an embarrassing story about a design project that went horribly wrong. I get chills just thinking about the Hell I went through producing it. You’ll just have to attend the event to hear all the sloppy details! And with 446 attendees who have already RSVP’d, my palms are already starting to sweat…
If your company’s dumb holiday party is on the same night (like mine is), seriously consider changing your plans. Or bring everyone with you!
Lastly, thank Mig Reyes for doing such a bang up job organizing this beast of a party. He’s the brains behind it all!
With members from Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, and Every Time I Die, The Damned Things is one hell of a rock n’ roll power house! This afternoon they revealed the hilarious new music video to accompany their first single, We’ve Got A Situation Here. Super snappy tune—get into it!
Debut album, Ironiclast comes out December 14!
I always get super excited to find out about any updates regarding my favorite Canadian designers/street artists, 123Klan. Their work is always fresh and hilarious. This time around they’ve got a brand new site layout accompanied by a bucket full of new work. You’re welcome!