Monolith Recap (Top 10 List and iPod Winners)

Events,Recent Logo Projects,Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

This past weekend we flew out to Colorado for the Monolith Music Festival. (For those of you that don’t remember, we branded and designed nearly all of this year’s campaign). We had an amazing time—going into great detail would be too difficult—so we decided to break it down into a simple, concise list of our favorite moments/things.

Our Monolith Top 10 List

10. The epic landscape
9. Boston band, Passion Pit, causing Red Rocks to bounce. Literally.
8. Being on the verge of sickness from endless honey-roasted peanuts courtesy of the SouthWest Airlines booth
7. Riding in Method Man’s van (you’ll have to ask us for the sorted details)
6. Watching M. Ward at arm’s length
5. Experiencing The Mars Volta experience from back stage
4. MF Doom performing 20 feet from our booth
3. Being on stage while Rahzel KILLED IT and then getting high-fives from the legend-himself.
2. WaterCourse Foods – epic vegetarian dining
1. Cross-promoting our services, cavorting and sharing a booth with our pals at Jakprints!


Speaking of Jakprints, we teamed up with them to give away an iPod Touch on both Saturday and Sunday. The contest consisted of a festival-photo-scavenger-hunt. In true-fashion we branded the giveaway, designing hand-out cards, a horde of banners and some insanely sick, dye-sublimation t-shirts—all beautifully printed by Jakprints (of course!)

In order to be entered into the drawing one would need to shoot photos of the 5 items on our list before the last band went on (each day). We were really pleased with the amount of people that participated. We received some fantastic images to put it mildly. In the end there could only be one winner each day—so big congrats to our winners!:

Jenna Spencer and April Ramquist

Jenna’s photos from the Saturday contest:
1. The Jakprints/Alphabet Arm booth 2. The Monolith Logo 3. Someone with a band tattoo 4. A white dude with dreads 5. Someone wearing fresh, green sneakers

April’s photos from Sunday contest:
1. Someone doing a handstand 2. The Esurance logo 3. Someone with a completely righteous tie dye shirt 4. A radical mullet 5. A recycling bin


Sounds We’re Digging: Ira v.7

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Jay Reatard – “Watch Me Fall”

Saviours – “Into Abaddon”

• Judy Nylon – “Pal Judy”

Dear Landlord – “Dream Homes”

• The Cramps – “Songs The Lord Taught Us”

The Thermals – “The Body, The Blood, The Machine”

Early Man – “Closing In”


Sounds We’re Digging: Ryan v.4

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Dear Landlord – Dream Homes

American Steel – Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts

Riverdales – Invasion USA

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

The Dopamines – Soap and Lampshades


Sounds We’re Digging: Chris v.8

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

St. Vincent – Actor
The Dead Weather – Horehound
DFNDR – Muted Signals
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Wale – Back to the Feature
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest


Sounds We’re Digging: Ira v.6

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

• The Fall – “50,000 Fall Fans Can’t be Wrong”

• The Cramps – “How to Make a Monster”

Dead Weather – “Horehound”

Rancid – “Let the Dominos Fall”

The Loved Ones – “Build and Burn”

• CIV – “Solid Bond: The Complete Discography”


Sounds We’re Digging: Ira v.5

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Ho-AgDoctor Cowboy
Six Finger SatelliteParanormalized
These Arms Are SnakesTail Swallower and Dove
• Franz Ferdinand “Tonight:
Black Lips200 Million Thousand
Off With Their HeadsFrom the Bottom
• Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band “Safe as Milk


Sounds We’re Digging: Chris v.7

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Kid Cudi – Dat Kid From Cleveland
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
K-OS – Yes!
Adrian Champion – Stars & Stripes
Handsome Furs – Face Control


Sounds We’re Digging: Chris v.6

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
The Builders and The Butchers – ST
Theophilus London – This Charming Mixtape
M. Ward – Hold Time
Deer Tick – War Elephant


Our top albums of 2008

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Yeah, we know—Everyone is posting their favorite albums of the year—but hey, we wanted in on the fun.

Aaron’s Top 5
1. The Black Keys – Attack & Release
2. CSS – Donkey & Fleet Foxes – S/T (TIE)
3. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
4. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
5. Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

Chris’s Top 5
1. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
2. Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
3. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
4. The Roots – Rising Down
5. Tom Gabel – Heart Burns

Ryan’s Top 5
1. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
2. Lagrecia – On Parallels
3. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
4. The Airborn Toxic Event – The Airborn Toxic Event
5. Tom Gabel – Heart Burns

Ira’s Top 5
1. The Sword – Gods of the Earth
2. Jay Reatard – Singles ’06-‘07
3. One Day as a Lion – s/t
4. Tom Gabel – Heart Burns
5. These New Puritans – Beat Pyramid

Darth Intern’s Top 5
1. Paint It Black – New Lexicon
2. Shai Hulud – Misanthropy Pure
3. Failures – S/T
4. Beck – Modern Guilt
5. Cult Ritual – 2nd EP


Sounds We’re Digging: Ira v4

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The Time Fly’s – Rebels of Babylon
Jay Reatard – Singles ’06-’07
• Candy Machine – A Modest Proposal
• The Mekons – The Mekons Honky Tonkin’
• The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
• Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade

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