The Wire’s Sleeves Received Tumblr brings together the most interesting sleeve design from new releases sent in to the magazine’s office. As our special music issue’s Monograph features some of the best cassette art from the website, here are a few more highlights from The Wire’s progressive post bag…
Jennifer Allan, online editor at The Wire, organises the Sleeves Received Tumblr and photographs the weird and the wonderful packaging designs. Some of the strangest feature in the current CR Monograph, where artists and musicians have used the audio cassette as the medium for their sound/music and also visual art (two spreads shown, below).
This split 7″ from Horaflora/Bromp Treb has a laser cut, rubber stamped cover designed by Sightlab for the Yeay! label (edition of 300).
Label Drid Machine is behind the artwork for Dead Clubbing by Anders Hana, a one-sided picture disc with screenprint on the reverse.
The Lord’s Jesuit Trifle Syndrome CD is packaged in a takeaway bag. Art and design by Mrs Mill.
LA-based Jaws’ Stress Test is a five-track album released on the Hundebiss label that comes in a folded recycled paper sleeve.
Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu is a Lebanese label where packaging also serves as the envelope. Here, Radio Paradise by Mike Cooper In Beirut and the Scrambled Eggs & Friends releases come in padded envelopes printed with the cover art (addresses and stamps appear on the reverse).
Ernst Karel’s series of field recordings of Swiss mountain transportation comes in an edition of 500. Swiss Mountain Transport Systems features sounds of chairlifts, funiculars and aerial tramways, and is on Gruenrekorder.
The cover painting used on South of No North’s album, Octopussies Liqor Store, is by Robert Steven Connett. The etching on the record is based on an artwork by Ernst Haeckel, reinterpreted by Annie Davey.
For our current issue of Monograph, which is available to CR subscribers, Allan chose some of her favourite recent cassette releases.
On the left is Unholy Triforce’s Sandin’ Yr Vagina, a cassette filled with sand, packaged in wax-sealed emery board and a plastic bag. On the right is the Sitar Outreach Ministry’s Spring of 1970. The tape is wrapped in dried sunflower leaves and packaged with seeds. Both are released on Auris Apothecary, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Above: various cassette releases from the Fag Tapes label (back and front covers shown).
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