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According to the BBC, the lawsuit filed by The Velvet Underground against the Andy Warhol Foundation for licensing its banana album cover for iPhone cases was settled yesterday. Like most settlements, the exact details aren't public, but the court papers listed Lou Reed and John Cale as plaintiffs who argued that the image had become a clear symbol of the band, and the Foundation did not have the right to its licensing. If a settlement had not been reached, the case had a trial scheduled for July 29. [via BBC and Post-Gazette]

Read more about the case's brief history at Pitchfork.


The bears, deer, and other creatures in Deedee Cheriel's paintings aren't chosen lightly. Her work is concerned with the interaction of the natural world and human emotion, and by painting animals she hopes to show emotions like fear and happiness taking non-human form. Although she now lives and works in urban Los Angeles, she cites childhood camping trips with her mom in a Volkswagen bus as the beginning of her fascination with the natural world. Cheriel's earliest experience as a working artist actually came a few years after those camping trips when she painted album covers and T-shirts for her teenage band and record label.

Her new show "Little Spirit and The Infinite Longing" opens April 19 and will run through May 13 at the Pure Evil Gallery in London.






Photo by: Public Works | Storm Thorgerson at Public Works Gallery, Chicago, IL

Storm Thorgerson, the English graphic designer responsible for Pink Floyd's iconic Dark Side of the Moon album cover, died Thursday at the age of 69. In addition to his solo work, Thorgerson was also a major part of the design team Hipgnosis, which later included Peter Christopherson from Throbbing Gristle, and produced surrealist designs for bands like Led Zeppelin, Electric Light Orchestra, The Hollies, and many more. His designs could be witty (10cc) or cryptic (Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here), and often invited the viewer to personal interpretation, not unlike rock music itself. Thorgerson believed in producing his surrealist images through elaborately staged photography, rather than photo effects or digital techniques. More recently, you may have seen his work on covers for Muse and The Mars Volta.

We've collected a gallery of his design work (above) and his video work (below).

Watch an interview with Storm Thorgerson about the influence of Magritte on his work.  


Robert Plant - "Big Log"


Pink Floyd - "Learning to Fly"

Luke Brown, Jordan DolheguyTotem Visual and photographer Dan Crawford collaborated on a flag-draped look for an EP cover and additional images for Melbourne industrial producer P C P. It's inspired work. And no wonder as P C P just happens to be Brown, himself.

Listen to PCP on SoundCloud and see more of Luke Brown's work at lukebrown.com.au.

Globe Poster, 1980s. Collection of Roger Gastman.

It's stunning how well the '80s underground has aged—and we're not just talking about the music. Take D.C. for instance. This weekend, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. hosts "Pump Me Up, DC Subculture of the 1980s" which explores the capitol's thriving underground of that decade via surviving visual ephemera of the era. Go-go posters by Globe, photos of "Cool Disco Dan" graffiti, and handmade punk and hardcore flyers as album and single sleeve designs from the era will surely figure in. There's also a "Throwback Jam" concert at the 9:30 Club this weekend featuring Trouble Funk, Scream, Henry Rollins, Youth Brigade, Black Markey Baby, and more. To say we're jealous we can't make it (and a bit nostalgic) would be an understatement.

"Pump Me Up" runs Feb 23–April 7, 2013 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Get more info at the Corcoran Gallery. The "Pump Me Up" exhibition catalog is $45.

Fans of shoegazer gods My Bloody Valentine were thrilled to hear the band's first new record in two decades this week. Critics weighed in, making sure to pay tribute to the legendary Loveless. But amid the hullabaloo, some of us were left wondering one thing: Is that really the cover art for the new My Bloody Valentine album? Frankly, it's dreadful. Not only that, but it makes us long for the quality control and artistic vision of the creative directors at the mighty independent labels of yore. DIY, in this case, may have done wrong.

For those that believe that's unofficial artwork, we hate to disappoint you but the band's site informs us that it is the real deal. "The vinyl and CD artwork is currently being finished and each format will have slightly different but similar artwork to the download artwork that will be attached to your download."