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The Art of the Record Label


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Chicagoan Alexander Stewart—a visual artist and experimental animator who teaches at DePaul University and programs film and video screenings at Roots & Culture gallery—is an all-around swell guy. A few months back he launched a blog called Collector Not Completist as "an appreciation of record-label design." Stewart has lined up a series of folks to post some of their favorite label designs, one a day, for two weeks at a time. Some contributors don't offer much info to help you understand their choices, but others are much more deliberate and transparent about the rationale behind their selections.

I don't consider myself a design aesthete. But I know what I like, as they say, and I have lots of records; I was flattered when Stewart invited me and happy to join in. I just made my first post today, focusing on the iconic image printed on the center hub of LPs by the great Italian jazz label Black Saint. I'll be adding 13 more labels in as many days—no weekends off at this blog.

Today's playlist:

Trio 3 + Irene Schweizer, Berne Concert (Intakt)
Uri Caine, Moloch (Tzadik)
Ann Peebles, The Handwriting Is on the Wall (Hi/Fat Possum)
Bossa Rio, Bossa Rio (Rev-Ola)
Brendan Murray, Brendan Murray (Students of Decay)