Black Heart Procession at The Black Cat

Black Heart Procession Poster

I have been a fan of Black Heart Procession ever since the cute girl I met in college told me about them about ten years ago. I saw them for the first time at the old Black Cat and was amazed as they toyed with fire and played a rusted saw on stage (especially since the fire thing was about eight inches from my face). Thus it was pleasure to do a poster for these guys as they travel the US promoting their new album Spell.

Usually when I do a poster I tinker with one or two thoughts and jump into the final piece. I try not to dilly-dally since I make no money doing these and I want to keep the excitement high. With this poster though I did about ten versions based on various songs on the album before ending with a hybrid of a voodoo doll, my heart-skull logo, and an x-rayed cat doll.

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

Brindley Brothers: “Rise Above”

Brindley Brothers

“Rise Above” is from our forthcoming record, Filled With Fire. Some recurring imagery – highways, New Jersey, fire, burning. First local cd release shows at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA on June 23/24.

— Luke Brindley (Brindley Brothers)

FREE MP3: “Rise Above” by Brindley Brothers

Metropolitan’s Websites: official, myspace
Band’s Hometown: Vienna, VA
Photo by: Brad and Nicole Wolf at Sota Dzine

Metropolitan: “Letterbox”

Metropolitan

After we recorded the majority of The Lines They Get Broken with Archie Moore at Omega Studios in Rockville, we had a few additional songs written that we thought would help round out the record. We rang Jason Caddell, our friend from the Dismemberment Plan, and before we knew it we were in his basement in DC laying down tracks for what would become “Letterbox.” Our luck continued when we asked another friend, Clark Sabine, to come in and see if he’d like to put down some additional guitar or keys. The fantastic key solo at the end of the tune is all Clark, and helped make this track even more memorable.

— Metropolitan

FREE MP3: “Letterbox” by Metropolitan

Metropolitan’s Websites: official, myspace
Band’s Hometown: Washington, DC
Photo by: Raul De Leon

Person: “Business Class”

Person

Business class is a term I lifted from the movie Swingers. Vince Vaughn’s character, Trent, talked to a girl whose phone number he subsequently tore up in front of his friends. He shook his head and said, “she’s too business class.” To me, this song represents how we all tend to fall for the wrong type of person. It’s also about how we covet that which we cannot have. It’s human nature, really. If something is easily attained, then it’s not as desirable and seems almost too easy. We are all guilty of it from day one. I mean, when you were younger and your mom said you couldn’t have any cookies, your gut reaction was that you wanted them, badly. The other thing about this song, and many of the songs in my album, is that we are force-fed relationship ideals from the beginning. As children, we grow up with these fairy tale notions of how we’re destined to be with one “perfect” person. There are movies, TV shows, songs, and literature all supporting the idea of a “soul mate.” If you think about it, this kind of mentality puts an enormous amount of strain on people. The more you expect out of people, the more they will fail you. I think ultimately, that’s why we, as a culture, have high stress levels. Our relationships never meet that romantic ideal. We expect a lot in terms of our relationships. We expect a lot in terms of success. I mean, can we ever detach ourselves from this kind of thinking? I know it seems like I’m judging. But ultimately, people, myself included, almost always criticize in others the very things that they either fear or covet themselves. The cash, the hype and the excess indeed.

— Miguel Lacsamana (Person)

FREE MP3: “Business Class” by Person

Person’s Websites: official, myspace
Band’s Hometown: Washington, DC
Photo by: Joel Didriksen (Kingpinphoto.com)

Austin City Limits Festival 2006 Announces Line-up

ACL Festival LogoThe Austin City Limits Festival has just released it’s line-up for this year’s festival and, as usual, it doesn’t disappoint. The ACL festival bills itself as 3 days, 8 stages, 130 bands. Tickets for the Austin City Limits Music Festival are priced at three levels. The first two allotments of tickets sold at record pace, but tickets are still available for the third allotment of three-day-passes at the cost of $115. As their website points out, that’s only .88¢ per band.

You can see the full line-up by scrolling down this page or by going directly to the ACL Festival’s website, or you can check out their cool line-up video.

The Full ACL Festival Line-up:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Massive Attack, String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, John Mayer, The Raconteurs, Los Lonely Boys, The Shins, Ween, Thievery Corporation, Ben Kweller, G. Love and Special Sauce, Continue reading →

Wolfmother at The Black Cat

Wolfmother Poster

Being raised Baptist, I was told nothing was as evil as rock-n-roll music. The Eagles song “Hotel California” was all about the Church of Satan. Elvis was a prophet of the devil bringing sex and filth to the masses. Don’t even get into what The Beatles or Led Zeppelin were all about and yes, I did not sleep much at night.

So when given a chance to do a poster for the rock-monsters-to-come WOLFMOTHER on the most evil date ever June 6th, 2006 (666), I leapt at the chance. Based on their song White Unicorn, this poster has all the evil and sex you need; pin up girls, carnival freakshow layout, flames, and the almighty devil horns sign.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN in a few weeks. 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.


Apple Releases Hilarious New Ads Featuring John Hodgman

John Hodgman Apple Ad

If you are an avid reader of Mudsugar, you may recall an article that we ran a while back about John Hodgman coming to town supporting his book, “The Areas of My Expertise.” Or, perhaps you were lucky enough to have attended the show. If neither of those rings a bell but the dude still looks familiar to you, that’s because the comic genius of his book has propelled him to a very quick celebrity status. He’s showing up everywhere including numerous appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and many other talk shows. He has also been the influence for the 700 hoboes revolution.

Well, now’s the time to buy stock in John Hodgman. Apple just launched some extremely hilarious ads (not so funny to PC lovers) featuring Hodgman as a “PC.” I’ll let the ads explain themselves. My favorite is “Virus.”