I’ve been contemplating this for some time, and I think it has finally come down to a simple fact: doing a Cover Art post each week has proven quite difficult. So, to lighten the load, I’m going to re-post each item here and thus form a new column here for all future Cover Art posts. The original page will remain, but all Cover Art posts will also find a home here. We will begin with my favorite compilation from 2009: The Hydeaway CD Newsletter Issue #1.
It seems fitting to begin Cover Art (again) with The Hydeaway CD Newsletter: Issue No. 1 Winter 2009. The compilation is dedicated to promoting awareness of an all-ages art space in Edmonton called The Hydeaway. That the album highlights some of the most promising budding artists out of Edmonton is almost secondary to the artistic and unique packaging in which the album resides (this issue featuring budding Edmonton artist Andrew Benson). And like the photographs and drawings within, the music is diverse, ranging from indie-pop to wild experimental noise.
The music is available for free from The Hydeaway website, but itâ€™s just not the same without the physical release â€” it can also be purchased in physical form by visiting the site.
Blind Tiger, Tiger: 1950 AD [mp3]
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Cecil Frena: O Sacred Dandruff [mp3]
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Geoff Hawryluk: Come Autumn [mp3]
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