Saturday, February 21, 2009

Parallel Universe Album




Special thanks to my friend George for putting it together!
And adding his special magic, a parallel universe's imaginary critic's review.

"Oh wait, I forgot to add my favorite part..."

Methanol Economy, a pioneering band in the "Bluegrass Opera" movement, never quite found their commercial footing. "The Absence of Sickness" was possibly the first and only bluegrass opera ever recorded. Critics were mostly kind but unmoved by the two-hour double album, finding the blending of Italian-language arias over finger-picking banjo and wash-tub bass disconcerting. The added bonus track, a version of "Rocky Mountain Breakdown" sung in Old German lyrics culled from Goethe's works, is worth the price of the album, if you can still find it.


Update: My friend Cynthia designed another cool version. Thank you!



Update II: My friend Rick took a turn. Thank you!






Original photograph found here.

This is another Facebook fantasy. Make a yet-unheard band's album cover.
Here's how you do it:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it to FB with this text in the "caption" or "comment" and TAG the friends you want to join in.

3 comments:

m. heart said...

what an amazing photo for an album cover, don't you think? even the band name seems right.

ina said...

yes, i do think it's an inspired match. and with my friend george's made-up critc's review, it suits me and my musical aspirations on so many levels it hardly seems random! it even makes me smile that i didn't notice for a few hours after george put the words on the photo for me (ie, designed it) that he misspelled 'absence' -- making this a rare early edition of the album!

i just stopped over to your blog--i didn't know you did it, too. yours looks lovely and makes me want photoshop... i also am worried because i didn't bookmark the original photo and now i can't find it to link to...

ina said...

yay! i found the photo again!