UPDATED STUFF - WHAT’S STILL AVAILABLE
Message or email (email@example.com) me if you’d like any - I can ship stuff, too! Most LPs are $7, most 7” are $3.
Big Eyes - Demo 2010
Bitter American - ST
Boom Boom Kid - ST
California X - Sucker/Mummy
Canadian Rifle - Facts
Circus Lupus - Pop Man/Pressure Point
Death First - ST
Deathrats - Give Up
Egg Hunt - Me and You/We All Fall Down
Elvis Costello - Welcome to the Working Week Demo
Face the Rail - ST
Fugazi - 3 Songs
Fugazi - Furniture
Grass Widow/Nature Split
Gorilla Biscuits - ST
Guided By Voices covers 7”
Jawbox - Jackpot Plus/Motorist
Jawbox - Ones and Zeroes/Tongues
LTW/State Violence Split
Mayday/Brown Sugar Split
Mindset - Time + Pressure
Nation of Ulysses - Sound of Young America/Atom Bomb
Permanent Ruin - Hell Is Real
PJ Harvey - A Perfect Day Elise
Pliant - ST
Pygmylush - Cold World/Guilt
Q And Not U - On Play Patterns
Rites of Spring - All Through A Life
See Saw - ST
SOA - First Demo
State Violence - ST
Traveling - End of Summer
Twerps - ST
7 Seconds - Old School
7 Seconds - Walk Together, Rock Together
A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse - weirdo very good compilation of poetry & 90’s jams
Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore
Are You With the Band? - female fronted pop punk comp
B-52’s - Wild Planet
Beach Boys - Endless Summer
Beat Happening - Fortune Cookie Surprise (your favorite bands covering BH)
Beefeater - Plays for Lovers Big Eyes - Hard Life Bikini Kill - Reject All American Bikini Kill - Self Titled Bikini Kill - Pussy Whipped
Black Flag - Everything Went Black
Brain Killer - Every Actual State Is Corrupt
Brown Sugar - Sings of Birds and Racism
Bugs and Rats - Get That Fucking Light Out of My Face
Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
Chicks on Speed - 99 Cents (DJ Edition)
Chubby Checker - For Twisters Only
Circle Jerks - Group Sex
Circus Lupus - Super Genius
Creedence Clearwater Revival - 20 Greatest Hits The Cure - Standing on the Beach The Cure - Hot Hot Hot Single The Cure - Head on the Door The Cure - Disintegration The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
Dead Boys - Young and Snotty
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys - Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Descendents - I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Des Ark - Don’t Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker Des Ark - WXDU Volume 3
Diana Ross and the Supremes - Anthology Triple LP
Earth, Wind & Fire - I Am
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
Eurythmics - Touch
Exploding Hearts - Shattered
Felony - Rock N’ Roll
Flex Your Head comp
Fugazi - In on the Kill Taker Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing Fugazi - Red Medicine Fugazi - Seven Songs
Fugazi - Margin Walker
Generation X - Kiss Me Deadly
Germs - ST
Give Me Back - Ebullition Records comp
The Go-Gos - Beauty and the Beat
The Go-Gos - Vacation
Government Issue - Boycott Stabb complete session
Gray Matter - Take It Back Gray Matter - Food For Thought
Lotus Fucker - ST
Lou Reed - Rock N Roll Animal
Lungfish - Pass and Stow Lungfish - The Unanimous Hour The Marked Men - Fix My Brain
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits
Minor Threat - live bootleg, DC 9/23/83
Minor Threat - First Two Seven Inches
Minor Threat - Out of Step
Morrissey - Hold Onto Your Friends single
Morrissey - Viva Hate
The Most Secret Method - Our Success
Nation of Ulysses - 13 Point Program to Destroy America
Nation of Ulysses - Plays Pretty for Baby
Nation of Ulysses - The Embassy Tapes
Not Normal Comp - Welcome to 2013
Les Olivensteins - ST
One Last Wish - 1986
Pageninetynine/Majority Rule split
Pizza - Midnight Creature Party
Pygmylush - Mount Hope Pygmylush - Old Friends
Rank/Xerox - ST
Rites of Spring - ST
Saint Seneca - Last
Sex Pistols - Nevermind the Bollocks
Shoppers - Silver Year
Sick Fix - Vexed
Sonic Youth - Evol Sonic Youth - Confusion Is Sex Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising
Soul Shots - collection of 60’s soul
Swearin - Surfing Strange
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Team Dresch - Personal Best
Teenage Kicks - Custodial Records comp
Tender Thrill - ST
Tenement - Blind Wink Tenement - Napalm Dream
The Vinyl Solution comp (1985)
The Waitresses - I Could Rule the World If Only I Could Get the Parts
Waxahatchee - American Weekend Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
White Faces - ST
C waking up.
The Holidays & Joe
Sol LeWitt’s statement on artists’ books
Art-Rite Magazine #14: Artist’s Books (January 1976)
"How many categories is too many categories?"
Making decisions is hard. Making decisions on how to best display your work is real hard. I have been “kinda” working on a new site for over a year. Do you have a portfolio site? I’m not talking about a tumblr or a behance. Unless you’re going to utilizing these platforms like Olaf Breuning, Sean Schumacher, or Jason Sturgill do.
I’m talking about an actual site with thought behind it’s organization of your work (please note: it’s images of YOUR work, not images you found on the internet that you think are cool).
Lots of folks utilize existing tools like Squarespace, Cargo Collective, indexhibit, Virb, SiteLeaf, or 4ormat to showcase their work in a professional manner. These are all great and each have credentials that make them worth exploring. Custom sites built on Wordpress are also nice. Whatever you pick, I’d look into a custom domain and make sure you have good hosting.
Bullet Point #PROTIPS
- Show the work you want to be making.
- Let your work be the focal point.
- If you don’t do web design, don’t code your own site (unless you’re awesome at it and have the time). Outsource things you don’t want to do or you’re *not capable of.
- You want a site that isn’t a burden to update and allows you to make changes whenever you want.
- Update your site with consideration. Monthly? Quarterly? Randomly (whenever you don’t have client work on your plate)?
I feel like I do a decent job of updating projects and blasting the web with new content, but I don’t think my work is always displayed as best as it could be. Especially in regards to accessibility for viewers to filter through various projects.
With all of this in mind, I have been asking myself a lot of questions and seeking advice from my friend Cody. He is a very talented designer and is quite familiar with my work. AND he loves torturing himself by *overthinking every possible decision.
Big moves I have been thinking about:
- Splitting up my work into two practices “art” and “client”—in a similar way to Cody Hudson or Geoff McFetridge have done for several yearls. OR having two completely different sites like my pal Ray Fenwick does (Art / Illustration). For now, I’ve come to the decision that my work is stronger when shown in it’s entirety. It’s more complicated/interesting this way. I think in the future as my art practice further develops, it might need to live on its own.
- How big do you make yer pictures?! 1200px-1600px wide seems to be as large as you’d want to go (according to my friend). I’ve been hanging around 900px and feeling real lazy about changing all of those files.
- Landing page or “Splash” page. Seems like a thing of the past has made a recent comeback. I’m into it—but will be implementing a featured project section instead of a straight up splish-splash page. This way I get to have some big flossy photos upfront that shout “hey neato” but then a viewer could easily scroll down for a quick overview of my project buffet.
- Filtering system. How are projects organized? The bombardment of the amount of work I show is the point (I think), but it would benefit me (potential clients) if it was broken down into more digestible bites. Or snack stacks. So I will be implementing several categories to filter projects. I also plan on archiving older work and condensing some pieces into more broad overviews, i.e. “lettering” “identity” “patterns” (picture me saying these terms with air quotes).
So when is this gonna be ready? I dunno. Why am I posting about this? That I really don’t know. For some reason I had an urge to treat tumblr (this blog) like a xanga page and write about my feelings. But, I also teach and will likely share this with my students. (Hi students!)
Perhaps my woes of *grad school are wearing off. I might even go read a book now. One with words, not just pictures.
Wait a second. Did you really read all of this? Wow. If you’re wanting something more critical to read, I recommend this artnet article on instagram and art theory, The Ways of Seeing Instagram by Ben Davis. Very interesting read.
* Cody hasn’t had an updated portfolio site in what seems like a decade. Does this make me an idiot for trusting him? Nope. Just because he can’t make decisions about his work, doesn’t mean he’s not filled with great ideas about my work.
* There are times to learn new skills! Doing heavy web lifting isn’t a skill I wish to have—unless I didn’t have to go through the process of “learning” and messing up and getting frustrated over and over and over and over. Code makes me sleepy.
* In regards to over thinking here’s a link to my MFA tumblr filled with diaristic entries on spazzing out.
Last note: I’m not an authority on this :) these are thoughts of a simple Rad Dad.
why does a portfolio site matter? who cares? do people check regularly or is it only for new visitors and potential clients? is it a business card or an archive? does it matter at all? what is work and what is not?
my own site has split sections for “work” and “play” — except my “play” is becoming my “work” and my “work” is never updated because my actual “work” is mostly internal client documents and uhh it’s advertising so i have signed like 8,000 non-disclosure agreements.
so now what? who knows. but will’s brain is always a few steps ahead so this is very relevant and useful.
1. Go to an art school that doesn’t cost too much. Those who go to Yale and Columbia might get a nine-month career bump right after graduation, but you’ll all be back on the same level in a year, and you won’t be in as much debt.
2. Envy will eat you alive.
3. Stay up late with each other after all the professors go to sleep. Support one another.
4. You can’t think your way through an art problem. As John Cage said, “Work comes from work.”
5. Follow your obsessions. If you love the Cubs that much, maybe they need to be in your work.
6. Don’t take other people’s ideas of skill. Do brain surgery with an axe.
7. Don’t define success by money, but by time.
8. Do not let rejection define you.
9. Don’t worry about getting enough sleep. Worry about your work.
10. Be delusional. It’s okay to tell yourself you’re a genius sometimes.” —Jerry Saltz (via thegoldeneternity)
It’s an odd feeling to be a photographer with a million tools and knowing that your favorite photograph you’ve taken in quite some time is one that you shot on your stupid cell phone. 21st century shit.