Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Album Design: The Dean Motter Project

Album Design: The Dean Motter Project 

"tracking the dean of design"
Album Name: Warriors
Artist: Warriors
Label: Attic Records
Year: 1984
Warriors was a Canadian metal act originally from Serbia (Yugoslavia). They moved to Canada after signing to Attic Records before unceremoniously disbanding in 1986. Originally known as “Ratnici” (Serbian for “Warriors”), the members were Dušan Nikolić Splića (vocals), Slobodan Svrdlan Sloba (bass), Dragan Deletić Delta (guitar), Miroslav Milatović Vicko (drums), and Zoran Konjević Zoki (guitar) –on the album they are listed only by first names, perhaps to appeal more to English-speaking audiences. 
The cover art was created by another Serb, Zoran Blazina, who I think is currently an art professor in Serbia? Recorded in Toronto and Elora, Ontario. The design is credited to Dean Motter, the creator of the Mr. X comic book series. Motter had a lucrative career as an album designer for many major clients in the U.S. and Canada during the late-1970s and 1980s. I assume he did the lettering for the title design and layout of the back cover. (Full Credit: art direction and design by Dean Motter/Modern Images illustration. Band photo: Patrick Harborer.)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Vinyl

New Arrivals

Alice in Chains, Black Gives Way to Blue 
Amy Winehouse, Frank (180g) 
Antlers, Familiars 
Band, s/t (180g) 
BB King, King of the Blues (blue vinyl) 
Beach Boys, Surfin Safari (180g) 
Clash, London Calling (Legacy 180g)
David Bowie, Hunky Dory (180g) 
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust (180g) 
Drake, Take Care 
Dropkick Murphys, Meanest of Times (180g)
Fleetwood Mac, Greatest Hits
Funkadelic, Toys
James Blake, Overgrown (180g)
JAmes Taylor, Greatest Hits
Jay-Z, The Black Album
Jeff Buckley, Grace (180g)
John Mayall / Eric Clapton, Blues Breakers
Johnny Cash, At San Quentin (Legacy 180g)
Kings of Leon, Only By the Night
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire
REM, Document (180g)
Rolling Stones, Beggars’ Banquet
Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street
Run the Jewels, II (teal vinyl)
Ryan Adams, Cold Roses (deluxe 180g)
Son House, Raw Delta Blues
Specials, Ghost Town
Sufjan Stevens, Michigan
Syd Barrett, An Introduction to
Tame Impala, Lonerism
Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair (180g)
Tears for Fears, The Hurting (180g)
Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones (180g)
Tom Waits, Virgiania Avenue Live 1976
Verve, Urban Hymns
Violent Femmes, s/t (180g)
Violent Femmes, We Can Do Anything
Weeknd, House of Balloons
Wolfmother, s/t (10th anniversary 180g)


Arrows / Davie Allen, Cycle-Delic Sounds 
Beatles, Abbey Road 
Beatles, Yesterday and Today 
Buffalo Springfield, s/t (2lp) 
Cat Stevens, Mona Bone Jakon 
Cult, Electric 
David Bowie, Let’s Dance 
Doug and the Slugs, Cognac and Bologna
Incredible String Band, Wee Tam
Leon Redbone, Double Time 
Leon Russell, Asylum Choir II 
Memphis Slim, The Real Folk Blues 
Nazareth, Greatest Hits 
Quicksilver, Anthology 
Run-DMC, Walk This Way EP (canadian) 
Special AKA, Free Nelson Mandela EP 
Steely Dan, Greatest Hits 
Styx, The Grand Illusion
Thelonious Monk, Monk’s Music 
Thelonious Monk, The Unique 
Trashmen, Live Bird 65-67 
Ventures, $1000000 Weekend 

Zero Zero Seven Band, James Bond Thrillers 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Hours


Friday March 25  "Good Friday" --CLOSED
Saturday March 26  ------------------OPEN 11-6
Sunday March 27 "Easter Sunday" CLOSED
Monday March 27 --------------------OPEN 12-6

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Post-Patrick/Pre-Peter New Vinyl Arrivals

Woah! St. Paddy's is done but Peter Cottontail is just around the corner and we've got new vinyl to celebrate. Here's a partial list of what has come into the shop this week, both new and used:


Adele, 25
Aggrovators, Dubbing in Studio One Style
Allman Brothers, At Fillmore East (2lp/180g)
Amboy Dukes, Journey to the Center of The Mind (180g)
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Antlers, Hospice
Arcade Fire, Suburbs (2lp)
Beatles, Sgt Peppers (180g)
Black Keys, Brothers (2lp +cd)
Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry Masters (colour vinyl)
Chocolate Watchband, One Step Beyond (180g)
Cibo Matto, Viva La Woman
Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Boogie Rambler
Clash, Combat Rock (180g)
Cocteau Twins, Stars and Topsoil
David Bowie, Knock on Wood 7-inch
David Bowie, The Stars Are Out Tonight 7-inch
Death Grips, The Money Store
Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter, Monomania
Easy Star All-Stars, Dubber Side of the Moon
Etta James, At Last
Faith No More, Angel Dust (2lp/180g)
Fall, This Nation’s Saving Grace
Flogging Molly, Drunken Lullabies (colour vinyl)
Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
Funkadelic, s/t
Fuzztones, Lysergic Emanations
GBH, Midnight Madness and Beyond (yellow vinyl)
Gord Downie / Sadies, The Conquering Sun (180g)
Herbie Hancock, Empyrean Isles
Howlin Wolf, s/t (180g)
Iggy Pop, Paris Palace (red vinyl)
Jamie XX, In Colour
Japandroids, Celebration Rock
Jimi Hendrix, Live at Monterey (200g)
John Lee Hooker, House of Blues (180g)
John Lee Hooker, The Country Blues of
Kanye West, Late Registration
Kanye West, The College Dropout
Laurel Aitken, Rise and Fall
Leadbelly, Take this Hammer (180g)
Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Return of Pipecock Jackson
Makaveli, The Don Killuminati The 7Day Theory
Metallica, s/t (The Black Album)
Mississippi Sheiks, Vol 1 (180g)
Muddy Waters, Best (180g)
Nina Simone, little Girl Blue
Nirvana, Bleach
Nirvana, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Otis Redding, Lonely & Blue (blue vinyl)
Otis Redding, Otis Blue (blue vinyl)
Parliament, P.Funk Greatest Hits
PARQUET COURTS, Sunbathing Animal
Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted
Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Punk Singles
Pixies, Bossanova (180g)
Pixies, Surfer Rosa (180g)
Pixies, Trompe le Monde (180g)
Pixies, Wave of Mutilation
Ramones, Leave Home (colour vinyl)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Greatest Hits
Robert Johnson, Drunken Hearted Man
Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Yas Out
Slint, Spiderland
Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen (2lp/180g)
Stiff Little Fingers, Inflammable Materials (180g)
Swans, To Be Kind
Tool, Opiate Ep
Various, Not the Same Old Blues Crap II
Various, Rocksteady Hits the Town
Velvet Underground, Loaded
Velvet Underground, VU and Nico (180g)
White Stripes, Hardest Button 7-inch
Zeros, Don’t Push Me Around
Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You
Bad Company, Desolation Angles
Be-Bop Deluxe, Drastic Plastic (white vinyl/canada)
Bob Dylan, Self-Portrait
Bob Seger, Night Moves
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Eagles, Greatest Hits II
ELO, Out of the Blue
Foreigner, Double Vision
Foreigner, s/t
Frank Zappa, Joe’s Garage
Gentle Giant, Official Live
Gentle Giant, The Missing Piece
Jimi Hendrix, Woke Up This Morning
Led Zeppelin, IV
Lou Reed, Rock N Roll Heart
Lou Reed, The Bells
Loverboy, s/t
Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell
Neil Young, s/t
Outlaws, Bring It Back Alive
Pink Floyd, Animals
Pink Floyd, Obscured by Cloud
Pink Floyd, The Wall
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
Pogues, Poguetry in Motion
Prince, Purple Rain
Ted Nugent, Cart Scratch Fever
Van Halen, s/t
Who, Odds & Sods
Yes, Fragile

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Give Me a Break, March ---New Vinyl Arrivals

Tons of new and used vinyl in the shop this week!


Aidan Knight, Each Other 
Air, Moon Safari (180g) 
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Colour 
Alice in Chains, Dirt (180g) 
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 
Animal Collective, Danse Manatee 
Animal Collective, Painting With 
Animal Collective, Sung Tongs 
Baroness, Purple 
Basia Bulat, Good Advice
Beach House, Depression Cherry 
Beck, Morning Phase (180g) 
Besnard Lakes, A Coliseum Complex Museum (colour vinyl) 
Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rough Guide: Reborn/Remastered (180g) 
Boards of Canada, In a Beautiful Place (180g) 
Boards of Canada, Twosim 
Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (180g) 
Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin (180g) 
Bob Marley, Birth of a Legend 
Bob Marley, Legend 
Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago 
Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty 
CCR, Willy and the Poor Boys
Chvrches, Every Open Eye (180g) 
Clash, s/t (180g) 
Coldplay, Parachutes (180g) 
Cult, Hidden City (180g) 
Daft Punk, Discovery 
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories 
Daughter, Not to Disappear (180g) 
David Bowie, s/t (Space Oddity) 
David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World 
Death Cab for Cutie, Codes and Keys (2lp) 
Decemberists, What a Terrible World … (180g/2lp) 
Depeche Mode, Black Celebration 
DIIV, Is The Is Are (2lp) 
Doors, s/t (180g) 
Dr. Dre, The Chronic 
Eels, Beautiful Freak (180g) 
Elliott Smith, Either/Or (180g) 
Elliott Smith, s/t 
Elvis Costello, Secret Profane & Sugarcane 
Elvis Costello, The Delivery Man (clear vinyl) 
Elvis Presley, s/t (Legacy 180g) 
Faith No More, Sol Invictus 
Father John Misty, fear Fun 
FKA Twigs, M3LL155X 
Fleet Foxes, s/t (with Sun Giant ep) 
Fleet Foxes, s/t (with Sun Giant EP, poster 180g) 
Fleetwood Mac, Greatest Hits 
Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green’s (180g) 
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 
Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma 
Flying Lotus, Los Angeles 
Flying Lotus, You’re Dead 
Gang of Four, Entertainment 
Gorillaz, Plastic Beach 
Grimes, Art Angels 
Grimes, Visions 
Grizzly Bear, Veckatimist (2lp) 
Iron Maiden, Powerslave (180g) 
Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast (180g) 
Isley Brothers, It’s Our Thing 
Jeff Buckley, Grace (180g) 
Jefferson Aiplane, Surrealistic Pillow 
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures 
Junior Boys, Big Black Coat (180g)
Kanye West, Late Registration 
Kid Kudi, Man on the Moon II: Legend of Mr. Rager 
Kraftwerk, The Man Machine (180g) 
Kraftwerk, Trans Europe Express (180g) 
Kurt Vile, B’Lieve I’m Goin Down 
Lady Gaga, The Fame (2lp)  
Leadbelly, The Rought Guide (180g) 
Led Zeppelin, II (180g) 
Lou Reed, Transformer 
Lumineers, s/t 
Manic Street Preachers, Futurology 
Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man ST 
Metallica, s/t (Black Album) 
MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (180g)
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Legacy 180g)
Moss Lime, Zoo du Quebec 
Muse, Black Holes and Revelations 
Nap Eyes, Thought Rock Fish Scale 
Nina Simone, Silk & Soul 
Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine 
Nirvana, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah 
Nirvana, s/t 
No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom 
Parliament, Trombipulattion 
Parliament, Up for the Down Stroke
Pixies, Surfer Rosa 
Radiohead, OK Computer 
Radiohead, The Bends 
Radiohead, The King of Limbs 
Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire (180g) 
Rage Against the Machine, Renegades (180g) 
Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues 
Smashing Pumpkins, Gish (180g) 
Sonic Youth, Dirty 
Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger 
Soupcans, Soft Party 
Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light 
Strokes, Is This It 
Strokes, Room on Fire 
Supertramp, Crime of the Century (180g) 
Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs 
Tame Impala, Currents 
Taylor Swift, 1989 
Townes Van Zandt, Our Mother the Mountain 
Townes Van Zandt, s/t 
Van Morrison, Moondance 
Weather Station, All Of It Was Mine 
Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End 
Wilco, Star Wars (white vinyl) 
Wolfmother, Victorious (180g) 
Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang 
Zombies, Odessey and Oracle 


Albert Collins/Robert Cray, Showdown 
Aretha Franklin, Hey Now Hey
Arlo Guthrie, Hobo’s Lullaby 
Art Tatum, Group Masterpieces 
B52s, s/t 
Beach Boys, High Water 
Beach Boys, Love You 
Beach Boys, Spirit of America
Beach Boys, Sunflower 
Bob Dylan, Planet Waves 
Cat Stevens, Back to Earth 
Cat Stevens, Mona Bone Jakon 
Charlie Byrd, Sketches of Brazil 
Dire Straits, Alchemy Live 
Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms 
Dire Straits, Communique 
Dizzy Gillespie, Dizzy’s Party 
Dizzy Gillespie, The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie 
Django Reinhardt, Djangology 
Dr. John, Hollywood Be Thy Name
Dr. John 
Eagles, Live 
Ella Fitzgerald, The Cole Porter Songbook 
Ella Fitzgerald, The Gershwin Songbook 
Frank Sinatra, A Man Alone 
Frank Sinatra, Cycles 
Frank Sinatra, Hits
Frank Sinatra, Ol Blue Eyes is Back (sealed) 
Frank Sinatra, September of My Years 
Frank Sinatra, She Shot Me Down 
Frank Sinatra, The Nearness of You
Herbie Hancock, Rockit 
Janis Joplin, Pearl 
Kinks, Misfits 
Led Zeppelin, In Through the Out Door 
Mamas and the Papas, Hits 
Marvin Gaye, Midnight Love 
Meco, Wizard of Oz 
Oscar Peterson, Night Train 
Patti Smith, Wave 
Queen, The Game 
Ray Charles, Country 
Robert Cray, Strong Persuader
Ry Cooder, Bop Til You Drop 
Ry Cooder, Borderline 
Ry Cooder, Chicken Skin Music 
Sly and the Family Stone, Greatest Hits 
Sonnie Terry/ Brownie McGee, Sonny and Brownie 
Steely Dan, Aja 
Steely Dan, Gaucho
Steely Dan, The Royal Scam 
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Soul to Soul
Supertramp, Even in the Quietest Moments 
Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings and Food 
Talking Heads, Naked 
Van Morrison, Beautiful Vision 
Van Morrison, Street Choir
Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey
Various, Lost in the Stars (Kurt Weill) 

Various, Rhythmn of Resistance ST

Saturday, March 5, 2016

New Vinyl for March

New vinyl this week. Some restocks and a new collection of used:

CCR, Cosmo’s Factory 
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think 
David Bowie, Blackstar 
Funkadelic, Maggot Brain 
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid MAAD City 
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly 
Kurt Cobain, Montage of heck 
Lana Del Rey, Born to Die 
Lorde, Pure Heroine 
Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get it On (colour vinyl) 
NWA, Straight Outta Compton 
Ramones, Rocket to Russia (180g)
Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues 
Slayer, Repentless (yellow vinyl) 
Slayer, South of Heaven 
Tame Impala, Innerspeaker 
Television, Marquee Moon 
Van Der Graaf Generator, The Least We Can Do Is Wave 

AC/DC, Blow Up Your Video 
AC/DC, If You Want Blood 
AC/DC, Let There Be Rock 
Alan Parsons Project, I Robot 
Alan Parsons Project, Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Alan Parsons Project, The Turn of a Friendly Card 
Andy Summers / Robert Fripp, I Advance Masked
Beach Boys, Endless Summer 
Beatles, Rarities
Big Country, The Crossing 
Bob Dylan, Dylan 
Bob Dylan, Greatest Hits Vol II
Bob Dylan, John Wesley Harding 
Bob Dylan, Slow Train Coming 
Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet 
Boston, s/t 
Cars, s/t
Cat Stevens, Buddha and the Chocolate Box 
Cat Stevens, Greatest Hits 
Cheap Trick, Heaven Tonight 
Cras, Panorama 
Cult, Love 
Dan Hicks, Last Train to Hicksville 
David Bowie, Scary Monsters
David Bowie, Young Americans
Depeche Mode, Some Great Reward 
Dr. Hook, Sometimes You Win 
Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger 
Eagles, Greatest Hits 
EAgles, Long Run 
Elvis Costello, King of America 
Eric Clapton, 461 Ocean Boulevard 
Eric Clapton, Another Ticket 
Eurythmics, Revenge 
Eurythmics, Touch 
Go-Go’s, Beauty and the Beat 
Gordon Lightfoot, Best 
Gordon Lightfoot, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 
Harry Nilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night 
Harry Nilsson, Son of Schmilsson 
Heart, Dreamboat Annie 
Herman’s Hermits, Hits 
Human League, Dare
Iggy Pop, Soldier 
Japan, Assembly
Japan, Quiet Life
Joe Walsh, There Goes the Neighbourhood 
Joe Walsh, The Smoker You Drink 
Joni Mitchell, Hejira 
Kiss, Ace Frehley 
Lou Reed, Rock n Roll Animal
Love and Rockets Earth Sun Moon 
Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell 
Michael Jackson, Thriller 
Peter Gabriel, Car 
Peter Gabriel, Scratch
Peter Gabriel, Security
Phil Collins, Face Value 
Pink Floyd, The Wall 
Police, Synchronicity 
Prince, Purple Rain 
Quiet Riot, Metal Health 
Renaissance, Scheherazade
Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks 
Rolling Stones, More Hot Rocks 
Rolling Stones, Tattoo You 
Roxy Music, Hits 
Rush, A Farewell to Kings 
Rush, Hemispheres (red vinyl) 
Simon and Garfunkle, Parsley Sage 
Simple Minds, New Gold Dreams 
Simple Minds, Once Upon a Time 
Spirit of the West, Labour Day 
Spirit of the West, Tripping Up the Stairs 
Spoons, Arias and Symphonies 
Stevie Nicks, Rock a Little 
Stevie Nicks, The Wild Heart 
Stevie Wonder, In Square Circle 
Supertramp, Even in the Quietest Moments 
Supertramp, Famous Last Words 
Traffic, Greatest Hits 
Traffic, Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys 
Who, Tommy 
Yes, 9012 Live The Solos