Monday, July 11, 2022

Music Album Covers with Elephants on Them – Part II

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Mosaic of 25 album covers with elephants on them - part II
A mosaic of 25 music album covers with elephants on them.

Barely had the ink dried on the previous post (Music Album Covers with Elephants on Them) and we started seeing elephants everywhere. That reminds us – and is very relevant to the state of affairs in the USA – of the parable of the blind man and the elephant. “The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experience as they ignore other people's limited, subjective experiences which may be equally true.” Amen, and now we present 25 albums featuring elephants on the cover.

1969 Elephants Memory – Elephants Memory
1972 Mike Mainieri & Friends – White Elephant
1974 Masekala – I Am Not Afraid
1976 Dreamland Orchestra Meets Peter Petrel
1976 John Handy & Ali Akbar Khan – Karuna Supreme.jpg

1997 Henri Texier – Respect
1982 Jon Lord – Before I Forget
1999 Jars of Clay – If I Left the Zoo
2004 Elephant Talk – Leap
2005 Krista Detor – Mudshow

2007 Me & You – Floating Heavy
2008 Elephant Revival – Elephant Revival
2008 The Rosebuds – Life Lie
2012 indecadence – Elephant
2014 Rotersand – Electric Elephant

2014 Elephant Sessions – The Elusive Highland Beauty
2016 Elephant Plaza – Momentum
2017 Isildurs Bane & Steve Hogarth – Colours Not Seen In Nature
2018 Ancestral Elephants – Infinitum EP
2018 The Weight Band – World Gone Mad

2019 The New Shining – Elephant
2021 Lisa Gerrard & Jules Maxwell – Burn
2021 Southern Avenue – Be the Love You Want
2021 Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Fire
2021 Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Flood

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Travelmarx Music Picks - Summer 2022 - Unpeopled Spaces

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Composite of 25 albums covers that in the Travelmarx Summer 2022 playlist.
Composite of 25 albums covers that in the Travelmarx Summer 2022 playlist.

It’s late June and Italians have flown the coop for their first vacation of the summer. Vacation one (that’s our name for it) is right after school ends and the prices are still low for flights and lodging – as was explained to us. The main vacation for Italy is the revered August vacation. We tend to avoid vacationing in August. We associate August vacations with crowds of people in places we’d rather not be. Hence this playlist’s name: Unpeopled Space or at least the desire for them.

The playlist name comes from a track by Daniel Rossen from his release You Belong There. The track is “Unpeopled Space”. We added the S.

The Spotify playlist is here.

Daniel Rossen – “Shadow in the Frame”
Cate Le Bon – “Dirt on the Bed”
SKYGGE, Benoît Carré – “Ocean noir”
Animal Collective – “We Go Back”
David Byrne, Yo La Tengo – “Who Has Seen the Wind?”

Alabaster Deplume – “Don’t Forget You’re Precious”
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Emile Mosserie – “Log in Your Fire”
Joyful, Joyful – “Marrow”
Bitchin Bajas – “Outer Spaceways Incorporated”
Vanishing Twin – “You Are Not an Island” – We are really enjoying Vanishing Twin these days at Travelmarx central.

Aldous Harding – “Zoo Eyes”
Carolina Eyck, Eversines – “Waves”
Buzzy Lee – “Strange Town”
Mega Bog – “Station to Station”
DARKSIDE – “I’m the Echo” – Another artist on heavy rotation for us, DARKSIDE.

Jackie Lynn – “Dream St.”
Efterklang – “Living Other Lives”
Laetitia Sadier – “New Moon”
Kelpe – “Whirlwound”
Lala Lal, WHY? – “Siren 042”

Camel Power Club – “Laika”
Stubbleman – “Badlands Train”
Jon Kennedy – “Lovesick”
Van Hai, Ripperton – “Dernier Amour – Ripperton’s No Love Lost Reshape”
Sarathy Korwar, Zia Ahmed, Mirande, Swadesi – “Birthright”


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Music Album Covers with Elephants on Them

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Mosaic of 25 album covers with elephants on them.
A mosaic of 25 music album covers with elephants on them.


Here’s a tribute to the large existing land animal, the elephant. These 25 music album covers feature elephants on them. Some covers are fantastical – as in Osibisa’s* two covers, some feature elephants on the march – as in the Allman Brothers and Elvis Costello covers, and some feature elephants in precarious positions – as in Hannibal and the Flower Kings’ covers. We also include two albums with Ganesha, the Hindu deity represented with an elephant head. Genesha is featured on MC Yogi’s 2008 “Elephant Power” and the 2008 soundtrack “Sita Sings the Blues”. The latter album is really an interesting listening experience.

* There can be a blog post just on Osibisa's elephant-themed album covers. 

Three living species of elephant are currently recognized: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. They say to distinguish between African and Asian elephants you can look at the ears. African elephants have larger ears that have the shape more or less of the African continent, while Asian elephants have smaller, round ears. Figuring out which elephant is featured on the albums covers is left as an exercise to the reader.  Part II with more elephants is here: Music Album Covers with Elephants on Them – Part II.

1968 The Band – Music from Big Pink
1971 Osibisa – Osibisa
1972 Osibisa – Heads
1975 Hannibal and the Sunrise Orchestra - Hannibal
1979 Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces

1979 Khaliq Al-Rouf & Salaam - Elephant Trot Dance
1979 Herbie Hancock – Directstep
1979 Khaliq Al-Rouf & Salaam - Elephant Trot Dance
1980 Elephant - On My Feet Again
1983 Elephant – Elephant

1990 Victoria Williams – Swing the Statues!
1990 World Party – Goodbye Dumbo
1998 Clutch - The Elephant Riders
2003 The Allman Brothers – Hittin' the Note
2004 Jami Sieber – Hidden Sky

2005 Mina – Bula Bula
2005 Various Artists - Late Night Tales: The Flaming Lips
2008 Various Artists - Sita Sings the Blues – Original Soundtrack
2008 MC Yogi – Elephant Power
2011 The Sea and Cake – The Moonlight Butterfly

2013 Béla Fleck, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, Brooklyn Rider - The Imposter
2014 Nico & Vinz - Black Star Elephant
2017 Degiheugi – Bagatelle
2018 Ichiro Fujiya, Takeshi Kurihara - Elephant and a barbar
2019 The Flower Kings – Waiting for Miracles