Last week i stumbled upon Rex Ray, he co designed some of David Bowie's CD covers as well as been an artist in his own right. So I decided to stick with the record cover art theme. Most covers are photographs these days and it seems some what of an oddity to have a cover which doesn't include a digitally produced image/creation. The obvious amazing art covers that come to mind are the ones created for Iron Maiden by Derek Riggs.
Eddie (the character used on all their albums and promotion material) first appeared as a Papier Mache mask created by an art student who was actually working on the lighting for the shows. Dave Beasley used his face for the mould, LED lights and the bands logo was added and then used for the bands backdrop. Which at the end of their live set squirted out fake blood from the masks mouth via a fish tank.
When the band signed a record deal they decided after their manager saw Riggs artwork they got together and deciced he would be the one to create Eddie. Eddie has seen many incarnations a few of which have been a cyborg, an Egyptian mummy and a lobotomised mental patient. To find more out about Eddie here's the Wiki link.
But, I figured most of you who are into music have at least seen or heard about the controversy around these album artwork covers. Let me introduce you to the other end of the music scale. By which I found by accident.
Ok i'lI admit it my music collection over the years has somewhat expanded from Punk, Rock, Erasure, Indie, Bowie, R'n'B, Pop and Caro Emerald I have a Mika album. I wondered who had designed the sleeve for 'World in cartoon motion'. I struck gold on this one! Mika was the initial designer and painter. How many Album covers do you know that have been drawn/painted by the music artist? Please tell me if you know of someone.
Anyway back to Mika the artist not musician. After Mika's first album had gone global with much success the Blink Gallery in London back in July 2007 showcased Mika's handy work. Not only were the artworks on paper and canvas but he also created murals on the windows, doors and walls with the abstract psychedelic murals. His sister, an artist who helps his design come more to life, (Da Wack is her pen name) and Airside who turn the creations into sleeve designs helped curate the work.
I couldn't really find anything more about his art, there isn't even anything on his website. What I did find was a You Tube video explaining how his sleeve designs come together. Quite fascinating really even if you don't like his art or music. Go on take a look. If anyone finds a site dedicated to his artwork please point me in the right direction.
BEER OK It's ROOT BEER!
Hey don't knock it till you've tried this one.
I discovered this root beer in Glenridding Cumbria at a little newsagent style shop near the car park, just before you start the walk to Helvellyn or round the other hills that aren't too taxing. I bought a very nice (warm) pie for the walk but needed a drink, didn't fancy the usual stuff in the fridge and stumble upon ..
Bundaberg Root Beer.
Loved the little stumpy bottle, it fitted perfectly into my coat pocket. The ring pull was quite a novelty too especially when I tried to pull it. Much to the disappointment of My Man I didn't spill a drop. Good job too, the drink was bloody lovely. As always these lovely bottles of intrigue are brewed to a traditional recipe. They use real Sarsaparilla root, Licorice root, Vanilla beans and Molasses. They don't brew it in an hour like most mass marketed soft drinks these days, it's brewed till they get the right flavour out of the ingredients they have.
This Root beer is delicious. The best thing for me about it is it's not too gassy. I'm not burping like a trooper after every sip. The flavour is awesome. The Sarsaparilla comes through, but, not over powering. The Liquorice is there and then gone, and a faint taste of Vanilla makes you want to make an Ice Cream float with it. I did go back for another, but alas I'd drank the last one, so I took the last Ginger beer for the car journey home. Apparently Tesco sells it and Waitrose. But Waitrose isn't up here and Tesco's is 26 miles away. Glenridding is closer and even though I get car sick if My Man takes the winding, dipping and rising road too fast (feels fast when your car sick) I'm willing to take that journey and do that walk every month to get my fix.
Hey I suggested an Ice Cream float with it, well Bundaberg have gone one step better.. 'Black Milk'
Beer (with alcohol) resumes as normal next week.
COVERED IN WEEDS
No garden stories this week. The spring plants are starting to raise their green shoots, but, the ground is still too cold to sit bare bottom to plant any bulbs or seeds. So my Higgledy seeds are still in the packet.
Mr Higgledy's useful blog.
I took over the brewery (Eden Brewery Ltd) this week mwah ah ah. Both bosses were on holiday including the driver. Yep there's four of us. Luckily Boss#2 at the end of the week was back and did the deliveries.
As well as brewing beer I had to look after it. No not talk to it, it's not a plant, beer doesn't talk back! I nurtured it, I kept it warm when it needed and cool to drop the yeast. If my plants are anything to go by I was lucky I didn't kill the yeast off ,or, send it running to the fridge. However I did nearly end up in one 5ft deep vat!
This beer 'Revenge' was lower down the Vat than normal and was way out of reach of my fingertips even on tip toes. I had to get a sample to measure the gravity (what ends up being the alcoholic volume). As I couldn't reach I stood on a wooden pallet which only just helped me get a swig of the stuff. Trouble is when beer is fermenting it gives off the C02 gas and if you breathe it in, in significant quantities, you can pass out. If you sniff up too hard it can strip the lining of your nose (good if you have flu!). After having to dive several times to get a swig still on my tip toes I nearly launched myself in and got all heady with too much CO2. The beer nearly had it's own Revenge on me in a more dramatic way than getting tipsy.
Anyway I'm proud to say the 18th century brewery is still standing, still has the roof on and more importantly the beer is still good! Any of my friends and former colleagues would now be sat a gasped that nothing tragic actually happened.
I'm sorry I didn't invite everyone round to a 'piss up in a brewery' (which would have been organised very well) but I didn't get time to even think 'party time' or even think 'dinner time' for that matter. Maybe next time, eh?!
I mentioned her earlier in the Art part of the blog. Caro Emerald is great and I love this track I have picked for you 'I belong to you', here's another 'Liquid Lunch'
I don't know about a liquid lunch but I'm off for Brunch. Have a great weekend and week ahead. See you next Saturday at 10am.