|Upcoming/Recent Music and Visual Projects|
SOLD OUT Supermachiner "Rust" Hand stamped 2XCD
SOLD OUT Wear Your Wounds & Revelator Split 7"EP
OUT NOW Converge "All We Love We Leave Behind" Album
OUT NOW Converge "Live at the BBC" 7"EP
Wear Your Wounds album mixing is moving forward
A variety of other recordings will begin to surface soon
New Converge DVD video material is collected and editing is underway
Artwork & Design:
Self Defense Family "Indoor Wind Chimes..." 7"EP
Dropdead & Brainoil Split 7"EP
Cold World "How The Gods Chill" CD/LP
Wovenhand "Refractory Obdurate" CD/LP
Wormwood 12"EP (Design only, Photos by Brad Fickeisen)
Converge "Live at the BBC" 7"EP
New Gallery and Print projects
DW Website 5.0
New Lows "Abhorrent Endings" EP
Death of Lovers "Buried Under a World of Roses" EP (Co-design)
Self Defense Family "Try Me" 2XLP
Mowers Barber Shop Identity and Design
Harm Wulf "There's Honey in the Soil (Design only, art by Erin Greenough)
Doomriders "Grand Blood" (Co-design w/ Ryan Patterson, Art by Thomas Hooper)
Modern Life Is War "Fever Hunting"
All things Deathwish...
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|J. Bannon reviews Pearl Jam "Lightning Bolt" for Thetalkhouse.com|
I recently wrote a piece for The Talkhouse on "Lightning Bolt, the new album from Pearl Jam. Even if the band has not appealed to you before, give it a read.
About The Talkhouse: "Naturally, no one knows more about music than musicians. They talk about their own work all the time, but they rarely get to talk about other people's music. That's what the Talkhouse is all about: smart, distinguished musicians from all genres and generations writing about the latest releases. And there's a twist: there will be comments for each piece, but only from the artist who's being written about. The idea is promote dialogue between musicians who may never have interacted otherwise, and for Talkhouse readers to have a ringside seat to this unique exchange."
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|Diamonds & Rust Retail and Online Store now open|
My wife and myself have opened a new retail and online store called Diamonds & Rust. Together we utilize our years of collecting Classic, Mid Century, and Industrial Furniture, Rare Artwork and Antiquities, Religious Artifacts, New England and Nautical Themed items to create a new kind of retail shop. Diamonds & Rust offers these curated vintage and antique items alongside new items from Pendelton Woolen Mills, Field Notes Brand, Thomas Paul, Izola, and many more. Along with our online store, Diamonds & Rust is a brick and mortar store located at 100 Cabot Street (Rt. 1A) in the historic "Fish Flake Hill" neighborhood in Beverly, Massachusetts (one of the oldest settled neighborhoods in America).
Diamonds & Rust Online Store is open 24 hours a day.
Diamonds & Rust Retail Store is open Tuesday - Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 12-5
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|"The Migration" the first Wear Your Wounds recording from 2001|
"The Migration" is a previously unreleased song from 2001. This was the first recording I labeled under the Wear Your Wounds name after the Supermachiner project was put to rest. Feel free to listen below.
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|J. Bannon "Rungs in a Ladder" a Film by McFarland & Pecci|
|A few answers to the same questions...|
First thing to mention, please do not email me about a project as I am not taking any on at the moment. Also, since I received a number of emails about how I make things, I figured it may be best to make an entry here about that, etc.
I have a healthy respect for the tattoo world. Though I appreciate when I see my work tattooed on a person, I do not create tattoo designs for anyone at this time.
Illustrations/Mixed Media work:
I make a majority of my work by hand. Ie: I do not use Photoshop brushes/effects in my work. I'm not that technologically advanced to do such a thing. My use of a computer is extremely basic in that regard. It's a great tool to clean up images, but I don't see it as a creative tool by itself. Many commercial projects I work on require a great deal of versatility/flexibility in their uses and sizing. Because of this, I tend to construct pieces physically in layers, and will scan those elements for later use. Photography also plays a major part in what I create.
Learn to be poor yet dedicated, forever. Step away from the computer every chance you can and learn how to be flexible as an artist/designer. Learn art history, color theory, grid systems, typography, photography, and illustration. Work with other artists/designers around you. We all learn from one another. Education is everything, but the institution isn't. School is great, but retaining information is better. With that said, Art School is great for some and a waiting room for others. It's certainly not a requirement to be an artist.
To summarize, I am a person just like you, no better or worse. I work to create things that I find interesting and fulfilling on a variety of levels. My advice to you is to find your voice and do the same, and hopefully it will lead you in a positive direction. Good luck.
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