Category Archives: Packaging

Practice & Space Ep. 2 | The Bird Machine

Practice & Space Ep. 2 | The Bird Machine from Sergio Salgado on Vimeo.

Great video by Practice & Space about the legendary Jay Ryan!
The Bird Machine, inc., is a screen print poster workshop, owned and run by Jay Ryan, which is located very close to Chicago.

Jay has been making hand drawn screen printed posters for bands, and the clubs they play at since 1995. Jay is joined at the Bird Machine shop by Michael Lauritano and Jack Ryan. Many thanks to Jay and everyone at the Bird Machine for letting me invade their space.

Learn more about the Bird Machine at:

Learn more about Practice & Space at: Practice&

“Photosphere” by Charles Atlas (
“Lone Tree Point” by Dianogah (

Also not music related but if your interested in weirdly awesome videos, check out their video about The Butcher & Larder, Chicago’s first sustainable, all whole animal butcher shop.


CASPIAN – Tertia 2xLP 2nd Pressing

The mighty Caspian’s 2nd pressing of Tertia is now up for sale. It features a full color 20pt gatefold jacket with gold foil stamping and two new colors of vinyl. 300 on gold vinyl and 200 on white vinyl. The records were split between the label, the band, and the distributor, so we all have very limited quantities on each color. Also, all preorders will ship with an 11×17 poster.

Still haven’t heard this record? You can stream the whole thing for free here.

Pick up the record with a few different options here. According to the label the white option is just about sold out!

Machine Dear’s – Killing something that’s already dead

Looking at the cover of ‘Killing something that’s already dead’ from Machine, dear on Vimeo.

First look at cover art, December 11, 2011 from Machine, dear on Vimeo.

A small demonstration of the artwork for Machine dear‘s album ‘Killing something that’s already dead’.

The design is made by Klaus Matthiesen of OddFischlein.
You can pick up a copy of the album here.

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CASSETTE: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape

This is a great Kickstarter Campaign for CASSETTE: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape by Zack Taylor and Seth Smoot, that has since finished and met its goal. Check out the link to the page here and watch this great video above! I love seeing the behinds the scenes videos of the tape makers and it’s great to see they are people who love what they do! I’m not sure if tapes can have a big of a come back as vinyl but I think they will always be around.

Here’s a pretty interesting video of Nas talking about his history with mix tapes.

New Poster website on the radar – 411 Posters

Great new site called 411 Posters. Lot’s of updates and new posters on this site, if your into that kind of thing!

How & Why To Love Your Merchandise (after all, one day it may be taking care of you!)

Nice article by Joe MIchelini, singer and guitarist for River City Extension about why bands need or don’t need band merch. over at Bands On A Budget.

Ken Taylor’s Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA Labels

Sierra Nevada has just released it’s new Ruthless Rye IPA with a new design and packaging by the amazing Ken Taylor. Here’s a nice little review of the beer. I wish I could get my hands on some up here in Maine but I don’t know if it’ll get here. Bummer.

You may also remember the packaging design by Nate Duval for their Hoptimum IPA.