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CD collaboration with Scarpati!

Korby Lenker CD Packaging project:

Photography & Art Direction by John Scarpati.

View the entire package design here.

John Scarpati was one of my first inspirations to get into design work and photography. I had the good fortune of meeting him when I worked on the Redd Kross “Neurotica” reissue – his photography for that classic album was one of my introductions to him and his work way back in 1986. As I bought and digested music, I kept seeing his name over and over on albums I loved – bands such as Redd Kross, The Pandoras, Michael Monroe, Dramarama, The Bangles, Rush, Jet-Boy, Fishbone, The New York Dolls, The Cramps to name a few. Check out his “Cramp, Slash & Burn” for more details.

I was honored to no end when he called me up to see if I would be interested in working with him on this CD package and am extremely happy and proud of this work … looking forward to the next one!

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Adobe’s Creative Cash Cloud: Part 1 : Legacy and Archive Complaints and Issues.

Adobe Creative Cloud Complaints
1 : Legacy and Archive Issues.

By not being able to own perpetual licenses to legally operate software that we as customers have paid for, hinders our abilities to serve our client base.

Being a long time Adobe user, I’ve run into many issues where certain key programs/features or plug-ins hit their wall and become obsolete, or are killed off.

Examples:

• The change from Flash’s action script from 2.0 to 3.0 made many of my old templates and client files more time consuming to update because the scripts all need to be re-written. This is why even though I purchased CS 6, I still keep and run Flash CS 3 available to me. It saves me time, and my clients money to do simple updates that should take 15 minutes, rather than 2 to 3 hours or more to recode the file, if that’s even possible.

If I was unable to keep/buy out a license for my older version of Flash – certain clients of mine would need to pay more, wait longer for what should be easy, simple updates.

“It’s the cost of doing business argument” – Yes things change, improve (sometimes – not always) … and I do my best to keep my clients up to date and compatible. But there is also custom service, something Adobe is horrible at; and by their new doctrine trying to impose upon us to have to impose on our loyal clients.

I don’t want to be faced with having to tell my clients, “your usual $ 50 update is going to cost $ 500, because … well Adobe updating things, and we have to rebuild the files from the ground up.” Sure we’ll all pass the buck and the cost down, but why should we be forced to do so?

  • Many of us also use add-ons and plug-ins by third party vendors – sometimes these companies belly-up, are slow to update, and such – which is why I keep legacy versions of Photoshop that can still operate those add-ons and tools. Without having a legacy version of the software to run, those tools will break, and at times make editing or repurposing master files or archives difficult, or impossible.• Let’s face it … every software vendor kills apps. Adobe has killed Go Live, Dimensions, Pagemaker, Fireworks, to name a few. If we don’t have copies of the programs to be able to run down the road; any and every archive file we have is more or less useless; we can’t open it, we can’t edit it, or re-export it. Adobe’s license states that they are not liable for any changes they make to the software in CC – which means that more or less – us or our own clients have to eat additional costs and endure longer turn around times under these situations, with no recourse.
  • Renting or subscribing for access to media is one thing – but for tools it’s entirely different. If you don’t have the right tool available for the job, you can’t do the job. Adobe is making it impossible for us to hold on to the tools we pay for and use indefinitely with Creative Cloud.

Anyone who is complacent about this, or shrugs it off as “well that’s just the way it is” is in my opinion naive, on Adobe’s pay roll, or very short sighted as to medium/long term issues and repercussions of this sort of drastic change.

Sign the petition now:
https://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model

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Cramp, Slash, & Burn: “When Punk and Glam were Twins”

25 years ago, a band from LA by the name of Redd Kross made a huge impact on me with their album “Neurotica”.

The album cover was shot by John Scarpati, and caught my attention – and inspired me visually as being engaging and interesting. The songs and lyrics connected with me profoundly – I liked rock, I liked punk, I liked glam – but the way Jeff & Steve McDonald along with Robert Hecker and Roy McDonald performed it took me to all new places – and ones where I felt welcome and less like an outcast or weirdo.

Or at least if I felt like I was a weirdo, I knew I wasn’t alone.

25 years later, I am proud to say that I’ve had the opportunity to photograph and work with Redd Kross for 12 years; and that with the wonderful help from Scarpati, one of my photos of the band is the cover of their first album in 15 years – “Researching The Blues”.

After hearing the new collection, I felt the same profound connection and kinship I did to the band a quarter of a century ago – except we were strangers then, and now we’ve become good friends.

I wouldn’t be doing what I do for a living if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support of Redd Kross, Vicki Berndt, Scarpati, Dave Markey, Imperial Teen, Persephone’s Bees, Daniele Luppi, Dave Naz, and many others. I am forever grateful for your inspiration and the wonderful doors you’ve opened for me – and the journeys we’ve taken together.

I look forward to many more.

New launch for Salamander Sound / Chris Manning

We just launched a new site for Chris Manning’s Salamander Sound.

Chris Manning is a multi-platinum engineer, mixer and producer. Over the last 22 years, Chris’ musical efforts have contributed to sales of over 32 million albums worldwide. He works out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Italy. Salamander Sound is the name of Chris’ music production company.

Check out http://salamandersound.com for more information!

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New CD packaging layouts for Misfits Records hitting the stores in October …

I just finished the CD packaging layouts for 2 albums due in stores this October for Misfits Records.
Expect the new studio album from the Misfits entitled “The Devil’s Rain” and JuiceheaD’s “How To Sail A Sinking Ship” in stores and online early October.

Guided by the vision of Art Director John Cafiero, we produced these package designs utilizing artwork by Arthur Suydam and Mike King.

For the time being, all I can share are the front covers, and look forward to being able to show the more elaborate portions of these packages in the near future.

Pre-orders and additional details will be made available by Misfits Records soon.

Daniele Luppi’s soundtrack to Malos Habitos released – layout by AtomicPopMonkey

I am pleased to announce the worldwide release of Daniele Luppi’s Soundtrack to Malos Habitos on April 26th. I did the layout for the CD packaging.

Daniele Luppi, the Italian composer who artfully straddles the world of traditional film composition (Hell Ride,Under The Tuscan SunInside Deep Throat) and contemporary music (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, Mondo Cane), will make the long-coveted score to Malos Habitos (Bad Habits) available on Apr. 26 via Ipecac Recordings.

Malos Habitos (Bad Habits) is an award-winning Mexican film about a dysfunctional family living in Mexico City. The haunting, twenty-track score has been unavailable until now.

Luppi came to international attention in 2004 with the daring debut, An Italian Story, an homage to the cinematic sounds he discovered in his youth. Since that time, the composer has worked on an impressive array of film scores while simultaneously working with contemporary musicians on arrangements for their albums including John Legend, Gnarls Barkley and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane. One of the most anticipated albums of 2011 is Rome, an album five years in the making that sees Luppi once again re-team with Danger Mouse.

For more information visit: http://www.ipecac.com/artists/daniele_luppi

Available at:

Amazon – USA: http://tinyurl.com/MalosUSAmazon

Amazon – UK: http://tinyurl.com/MalosUKAmazon