The vinyl LP is one of our enduring miracles. If human civilization were to die out tomorrow and our trappings encased in amber for 10,000 years, the super-intelligent aliens or androids who inherit the planet from us will surely say something to the effect of, “Humans were primitive and unstable … but, man, did they ever put some great shit on vinyl.” However, they might not know what to make of the album covers that we doodled on, painted over or made into collage art—and if you’re reading this, future being, I would tell you to find a copy of the Deface Value blog on a dead server someplace and juice it up. A side project from the crew at Seattle’s Jive Time Records, Deface Value is a gallery of those covers—some willfully destroyed, some lovingly improved, and all of them proof positive that compact discs never stood a chance. There’s no way an artist could have used a CD of Transformer to replace Lou Reed’s head with that of a kitten, or used a CD of Jan Garber’s Street of Dreams to make a tableau of two Muppets discovering a dead body. You need LPs to do that. And did I mention they also sound better than CDs? See, our civilization didn’t completely suck. – Geoff Carter
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.