Posts Tagged ‘dan stiles

29
Apr
15

Elvis Costello Print – Dan Stiles

elvis_lgIf you’ve been following this blog you know that the halls of Hi-Fi Central are covered with limited edition music prints for the artist we most admire.  One of our favorite artists is this cat named Dan Stiles; his work is smart and hip.  His prints often sell out fast and are printed in a very limited run.

Dan recently released a print for an Elvis Costello show at The Paramount in Seattle, WA; this is a very righteous print and one that we really like.  It’s an edition run of 130 and only $30, WOW!

Check out this print and others just as cool by clicking here, and tell us what you think of his prints.

05
Jun
12

Dan Stiles – New updated concert posters for sale!

As many of our HiFi readers have known, we are huge collectors of music poster art here at HiFi Central.  One of our favorite artists is the one and only Dan Stiles out of the Pacific Northwest, Dan’s posters are creative, vibrant, and original in their design and concept.  The best thing about his posters too are that they are all hand-pulled silkscreens in a limited edition and signed…oh, and also run around $25!

One of my favorites is the poster he did for a Midlake show in 2007; it’s limited to only 90 and still available on his website for a mere $24!!!!

If you want to learn more about Dan Stiles work and perhaps purchase one of his very cool prints for a super deal, check out his website at www.danstiles.com

Tell us if you grab one!

23
Sep
10

Social Distortion Print – Dan Stiles

I’m digging the new Social Distortion print from Portland, Oregon artist Dan Stiles released today.  The print is in a limited run of 200 and comes signed and numbered by Stiles.

The print sells for a mere $25!   So, it’s a bargain for the budding or experienced art collector; priced right for a terrible economy no doubt!

You can check out this print and a few more that Dan just released on his website including prints of bands The New Pornographers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sleepy Sun, Modest Mouse, Major Laser, and Pavement.

I picked up a Midlake print a month back and was very happy with my purchase, check Dan’s stuff out by clicking here.

Let us know what you think and if you grab one!

15
Jul
10

MIDLAKE – The Courage of Others (2010)

On Monday I posted my second installment of Print o’ The Week and some have emailed me asking what the Midlake in the print meant; good question right?  The print is actually concert poster created by Portland, Oregon artist Dan Stiles for a Midlake show in that city.  But, clearly more of an explanation and album review of the band Midlake would be appropriate.

I stumbled upon Midlake when I began to get interested in Iron and Wine; I had been a die hard Elliot Smith fan for years and the natural progression to these bands makes sense since to a degree they follow a similiar formula and would be catagorized in a similiar genre of music.  In my opinion if you are familiar with the bands Dolorean, Kingsbury Manx, or Chatham County Line and like indie-folk-rock, you will also find Midlake appealing as well. 

Midlake is not a new band by any means, they have actually been together since 2001 and have released 3 albums prior to The Courage of Others (2010).  Midlake’s previous album Trials of Van Occupanther (2006) brought the most notoriety for the band; although remaining relatively an underground album it did gain them a larger loyal following.

Mellow and serene, lying on your back on a sunny day staring at big puffy clouds and dreaming about life and what it all means would sum up what listening to Midlake is like.  Lead singer Tim Smith has a Thom Yorke  (Radiohead) quality to his singing, but defines himself with a lullaby quality that is complimented by the always apparent folky flute and piano balladesque indie-folk-r0ck tempos.   The Courage of Others takes the band down a similiar path as Van Occupanther, however, there is a greater sense of sincerity in this album.  The first song Acts of Man is a deeply moving, honest and just a simply fantastic arrangment highlighting the use of harmony that the band  mastered and created as a signature of their music.  Winter Dies starts off with a faster tempo that is quite unexpected and then regresses into a solid mellow mood that just continues to keep the album together. Songs like Small Mountain,  Core of Nature, and Rulers, Ruling All Things exemplify Midlake‘s wholehearted and ernest attention to detail writing songs over the course of four years between albums.  Like their songs, it is apparent that their work is not taken lightly and not rushed into with wreckless abandonment; clearly the band wants every album to be worthwhile to the one listening.

Midlake’s music is consistently mellow, this is not rock album by any means.  Midlake keeps the mood  and tempo consistent throughout every song.   That is not to say that Midlake’s music is monotonous or repetative, it’s not, however Midlake does keep to a pretty consistent formula never really straying one way or anothe.  In many ways this album, and their previous releases, feel like a story and each song is a the next chapter.   Midlake is not for everyone, for some they might find themselves absolutely bored to tears with this album; others might find it a true gem.  Yet, as I mentioned earlier, if you do like mellow folky-indie sounding  singers or bands you should like Midlake. They fall in between Nick Drake and Dolorean I guess.  If you are able to pick up a copy of The Trials of Van Occupanther do yourself a favor and check it out as well, it is a landmark album for the band.

Midlake is currently touring in Europe and I hope they swing back in the US for some dates.  The band hails out of Texas, so I’m sure upon their return they will play there first.  Check out Midlake’s website at www.midlake.net to hear a few songs in their entirety.

You can also listen to a dozen or few samples of Midlake’s music from various albums by clicking here .

12
Jul
10

Print o’ the Week #2 – Artist: Dan Stiles

The second installment of my “Print O’ The Week” posts is a print by artist Dan Stiles.  Dan is based out of Portland, Oregon and he comes up with some very cool, clever, and original designs for his prints.  His website is fun and you will find a plethora of band prints to choose from; most are from shows in the Portland area where the bands played. 

This print for the band Midlake I thought was eyecatching and very appealing…and hey, it’s a steal!  A limited edition run of 90, signed by Dan and only $24!  I think I might have to grab this one myself this afternoon.

Tell us what you think of the print!

Check out all the cool prints Dan Stiles has to offer by clicking here.

Check out my May post entitled The “Art” of the Music Business to learn more about this cool medium.

21
Apr
10

The “Art” of the Music Business

Over the past few years my wife and I have been collecting art by artists like Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey and Dave Kinsey.  Granted all three are not up and coming artists and are quite established in the contemporary art world , their art has spurred a generation of others to create and express their creativity in a myriad of mediums.

Although the “rock art poster” is not a new concept, the gradual evolution has produced some very impressive and clever designs that most of the general public never get to see, or further, consider collecting as reputuble art worthy of hanging on our walls at home (other than our college dorms or first apartment with college buddies). The  indie music art world actually is worth considering and now is the time to take advantage of limited edition signed artwork for a steal. 

The toughest part of collecting limited edition prints is first: “where to look” and second:  “timing”.  It is quite common these days for an artists website to crash due overwhelming response to a monthly release.  These releases are often at random times, in the afternoon between 12:00 -5:00 during work hours when most of us do not have the luxury to keep hitting the “refresh page” button on our computer.  Those of us who have attempted to purchase prints by Shepard Fairey or KAWS know how frustrating this process is and how disappointing when the next refreshed page reflects SOLD OUT in bold letters.  It’s often the recipe for the budding collector to feel cheated and quickly become bitter about collecting all together.

Luckily, there is a great resource where you can snag incredible prints at very low prices of your favorite bands or perhaps designs that you like but have never heard of the band. The website is through a record store chain in Boston called Newbury Comics. 

Newbury Comics is a store like no other and is a mecca for indie music lovers, toy collectors, not to mention comic books and graphic novels fresh off the press.  It’s a culmination of music store, comic book store, Spencers Gifts (although not as cheezy or commercially repulsive), and clearly something unto itself that has no classification that I can figure out.  Part of their website is devoted to  limited edition posters; the selection is simply mind blowing.  You can browse either by  your favorite band or have fun as I do and check out the various prints by alphabetical order.  Some prints are sold out or out of stock, however, a large amount are still available for purchase.

I also like that Newbury Comics provide direct links to the artists websites, so if you want to learn more about the artist and what more they may have to offer it’s just a click away.  This is how I learned about an artist named Dan McCarthy who’s artwork my wife and I avidly collect; although we collect his nature inspired prints he has done prints for Iron and Wine, Calexico, and Sonic Youth.

Another fun artist is Dan Stiles, he is one of my favorites and has a very unique style about him; his prints sell out quite quickly but there are still some you can grab.

Many of the prints that are offered in the Newbury Comics sites are very limited in production, some prints are limited to 25, 50 or 100, and the prices range from $40 – $125.  Signed limited edition art is fun to collect and often appreciates in value rather quickly, so if you are a budding collector, have limited funds, need real artwork, and have walls that need love, consider checking into this and tell us what you think.

You can check out the Newbury Comics print collection by clicking here, enjoy!