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SINGING THE BLUE

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The yet-to-be-published cover of this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, which tells the story of forgotten 1930’s female blues singers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas.  Talk about perfect pitch.

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HOLE TRUTH

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A 1977 Laurie Anderson lyric makes a timely 2013 reprisal.

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PEARED DOWN

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Album cover art rarely comes this spare, and, even more rarely, features still life photography. But Dwight Yoakam’s oddly-titled recent release, Three Pears, features a cover that manages to be at once literal and poetic.

 

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ENCORE

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Designer Mike Joyce’s ongoing project, Swissted, applies classic sans-serif (not Helvetica) Swiss typography to vintage rock music concert flyers. Here, he re-imagines a piece of 1985 R.E.M. ephemera–and I’m willing to bet it’s a fair bit more beautiful than the original.

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LAND MINE

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If the great American song, This Land is Your Land, sounds downright quaint in today’s divisive political climate, take heart. Woody Guthrie’s paean to parity (and sobering answer to the saccharine optimism of God Bless America) was a novel idea even back in the 1940s, the decade in which it was written. No matter; I wish I’d found this handmade print (quirky kerning and all) by Chicago’s Uusi studio before it had sold out.

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ONE LINERS

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The Swiss graphic designer Marcus Kraft likes music and words. His latest self-initiated project is a book containing “250 of the best songs for the times when solid advice is needed.” Song titles, actually, and they all look terrific, rendered with black brushstrokes on spartan white.

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DEAD RECKONING

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How to Dress Well is the stage name of the Brooklyn singer, Tom Krell, whose new album displays startling cover art to match its sorrowful title.