The Art of Darkness

The Last Record Shop

May 1st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Last Record Shop

This is a rather intriguing opportunity for artistic expression: Public Pool, an “artspace” in Hamtramck, MI will be creating a temporary record shop full of fictional albums and is inviting submissions.

They have what amounts to an electronic flyer providing modest details about the project (and they apparently have never heard of web accessibility because the whole page is a single image with no alt-text).*

From September 7 to October 18 they’ll be transforming their gallery into “The Last Record Shop.”

We’re inviting you to submit ORIGINAL ALBUM ART (for a standard 31.43 cm square cardboard LP album sleeve and interior label) from the MYTHIC recording artist of your imagining.

The finished sleeve should feature artwork back and front, including the artist/band’s name and track listing, along with – and this is important – artwork for the spindle label. Plus, liner notes, band bios, lyrics, however much (or little) you want to include – anything that brings to life your imaginary band’s legendary album.

A randomly chosen used LP acquired locally will be relabeled and slipped into the artist-created sleeves, and then sold at Public Pool, with all proceeds going to you, the LP sleeve creators (minus the evil record company cut, i.e. our modest gallery commission.) If we have enough great submissions, we might publish a book. Deadline is August 15.

There are no details on what an individual album might sell for, nor any indication whether contributing artists will receive any cut of book sales should they decide to publish one. Interested artists are instructed to contact coordinator Toby Barlow at with questions and electronic submissions.

Overall it sounds like a really interesting project with a lot of room for imagination (although I do wonder how many Spinal Tap knockoffs they’re going to receive). It’d be fun to take photos of friends as “band members” and repurpose the kind of poetry we all wrote in high school as lyrics (or, if you’re musically inclined, play it straight and submit legitimate lyrics that you’ve written).

If you do submit something, be sure to let me know in the comments; I’d love to see everybody’s efforts.

(via BoingBoing)

*I realize I bitch about stuff like this a lot, but I’ve been a web developer for 20 years and Bad Web Choices cause me physical pain.

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