What says “Live at KEXP” better than space penguins? We couldnâ€™t think of anything either, which is why there are five gorgeous penguins gracing the cover of Live at KEXP Volume 3. The cover artwork is one of four in a series called Lost by Los Angeles artist Oksana Badrak. We saw her work earlier this year and sent her an email asking if we could use it for Live at KEXP Volume 3. It’s pretty cool to reach out to a total stranger, tell them who you are, what you want to do, ask if they’ll support you in doing it -- and get an instantaneous “yes” in reply. She hadn’t heard of KEXP before we came calling, but has said that everyone in her studio has since become hooked on the station!
Live at KEXP is about music -- but it’s also about art. There is a visual component to any piece of recorded music be it the cover, the inserts, or what you see on the CD or record label. The visual elements are a vital component of Live at KEXP and we have a blast putting it together. Oksana’s work can be seen at her website and at Thumbtack Press. We thank Oksana Badrak for her generous support of KEXP!
Speaking of Live at KEXP artists, here’s a quick update on Catalina Estrada, the artist for Live at KEXP Volume 2. Catalina has had a pretty amazing year, working with some major clients including designer Paul Smith, who featured her designs on his 2007 clothing line in Japan. She was also one of the artists chosen by Zune as one of the art inscriptions available on the new Zune Players. They’re really beautiful -- check them out! See more of her work at her website.
And get your copy of Live at KEXP Volume 3 for $15 while you still can -- they’re only available until December 31 (that’s less than two weeks away) online at kexp.org or in Seattle at Easy Street, Sonic Boom, Everyday Music, Silver Platters, and PCC Natural Markets. Tell them the penguins sent you!