The Decemberists Poster

The Decemberists Poster

It took me a while to find the subtle charm of The Decemberists. It wasn’t until the tune “Leslie Anne Levine” that I grew to adore this pseudo-Irish band. I mean, if you can’t love a song about a baby that’s dead and haunting a ravine than what can you love? Yourself? Never.

Anyway, when I noticed that The Decemberists were playing two soon-to-be sold out shows at the 9:30 I knew it would be special. I was inspired by the song “The Infanta” which proclaims we must all praise the woman riding the elephant as well as the name of the tour which “The Rout of the Patagons.” And for those who don’t use Patagon in their everyday vernacular, a Patago is a mythical race of giants discovered by Magellan. I mention this so I don’t get a flood of emails and comments asking why the damn woman is so big.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will not be available at the show so please check it out on El JEFE DESIGN and at the store for all your poster needs by clicking here.

Be Your Own Pet Poster

Be Your Own Pet Poster

Last year I was asked by Be Your Own Pet and Mudsugar to do a poster for their backstage show at the Black Cat. I had no clue who they were then but quickly fell in love with the songs. I did not get a chance to see them and was kicking myself for missing the show. When they toured with Sonic Youth I missed them again. Lucky me that I get to do the poster for Be Your Own Pet as they play the Black Cat next month and move up to the mainstage. My own kitty modeled for the main figure and she was quite pleased in how it turned out.
The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN. Check out our new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.

Band of Horses Poster

Band of Horses Poster

I was able to do the poster for Band of Horses and I was quite excited to have this opportunity. The music is melencholy without being whiny, atmospheric without being boring, and has a sense of humor as well which is evident with the “yee-haw” at the begining of a song. A top notch show indeed. The song “Monster” was the basis of the imagery; a confused and gentle monster killing a lowly cowboy who was trying to do him in as well.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN. Check out our new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.

Hot 20 – Hell Yeah!

Hot or Not Designs logo

A big thanks to Hot or Not Designs for including us in their list and to all those that voted us into the “Hot 20” designs. It looks like there is now 695+ sites submitted. It’s so cool to be included in a list that includes Apple, Blogger, Google, and Mercedes. Update: Okay, so we’re no longer in the top 20 but it was good to be there even if it was for a short time.

Rancid Concert Poster

Rancid Concert Poster

Having been going to punk and hardcore in and around DC, New York, and Boston for over half my life I have seen my fair share of show flyers and posters. When it comes to punk posters it is fairly easy to whip one of these off, especially for such an iconic band as Rancid. You need several of these elements in any combination: 1) skull 2) reference to a youth crew 3) an anarchy/straightedge/peace/vegan/upside-down flag/mohawk symbol, 4) reference to “punk is not dead”, 5) picture of band looking miffed showing their sleeve of ink, 6) horribly done type that is made to be almost illegible due to being written in sharpie or photocopied beyong recoginition, 7) a myspace web address, 8) only black, white, and red can be used for a color scheme and 9) no sexy portrayals of women, men, plants, minerals, or animals.
Enjoy!

In truth, the idea came off of listening to Rancid’s album “Indestructible,” especially the song “Spirit of ’87” which has such a military pin-up sounding name. And nothing beats a beautiful woman and falling bombs considering our current political situations.
The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN. Check out our new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure images are at least 416 pixels wide but no larger than 1mb.


X and Rollins Band Concert Poster

Rollins Band Concert Poster

Ever since I got The End of Silence record as a freshman in high school I knew the Rollins Band was for me. Combining elements of funk, jazz, hardcore, and straight-up rock, Rollins and crew have been delivering the soundtrack to my life since then. So it was an honour to be able to do this poster promoting the tour as it stops at the 9:30 Club in DC with The Riverboat Gamblers, the classic Rollins Band lineup, and LA punk legends X.

Using the tour title, As the World Burns and the classic Rollins Band song “Hotter and Hotter” the poster represents the twenty+ years Rollins and X spent on the road playing heavy and harder than most bands half their age. It also is a welcome home of sorts for Henry and Chris with use of the DC map in the background. The poster is four colors with a nifty silver varnish printed on recycled grey paper.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster is available only at El JEFE DESIGN. Check out the new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure images are at least 416 pixels wide but no larger than 1mb.


Hurra Torpedo Rock The State Theatre

Hurra TorpedoPhoto by LP Lorentz

If you have heard of Hurra Torpedo, aka the kings of Norwegian appliance rock, chances are it is from an Internet video clip of their 1995 appliance-smashing performance of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on Norwegian television. Based on that clip, it would be easy to dismiss Hurra Torpedo as a one-hit, shtick-based novelty act. But take away the too-small tracksuits, Continue reading →

Saturna: “Just For Thrills”

Saturna

‘Just For Thrills’ is that dirty love song that you’ve always wanted to write when that someone or something in your life is out of control. You turn your back just as you get a knock on the door. You don’t want to face it, but there is still so much to stay an d that lurch in your stomach just won’t go away. Its 6am and you’ve been up all night, so against your better judgement you let her in one more time… Get the ‘…All Night’ EP at www.cdbaby.com/cd/saturna.

— Ryan Carroll (Saturna)

FREE MP3: “Just For Thrills” by Saturna

Saturna’s Websites: official, myspace
Band’s Hometown: Portland, OR
Photo by: Justin Dylan Renney