Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Since When Have Grammy Posters Been This Fantastic?

Never. Saw this little item today on NME (my music news feed is currently dominated by British publications and it's Twisted Ear's beautiful fault) and didn't think much of it until it popped up on Pitchfork. Let's face it, if Pitchfork is going on about posters, Seattle has either exploded or the posters are cool...but not too cool, just cool enough to be Pitchfork-worthy. Right. Anyway, Coldplay, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Thom Yorke all have their likenesses made out of the lyrics and names of thier favorite artists, albums and songs.

Part of the story here has to do with the Grammys trying to revamp their ad strategy in light of crappy (gross understatement) ratings in recent years. Last year, no surprise, was the lowest rated since '92. Ouch.

The other interesting portion is that Radiohead's Thom Yorke is involved in this. Radiohead is a notoriously and unapologetically not radio-friendly band, God bless 'em. Commercialism isn't really their thing, but I guess if your album gets nominated for album of the year, a poster might be in order, even if it is for the Grammys which are, as Pitchfork put it, "patently lame."

In any case. I found myself some new artwork for the walls.

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