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Garbage Pail Beats

April 30, 2009 | 7 Comments


Designed by ThinConsolation | Country: Belgium

Garbage Pail Beats is an instrumental Hip-Hop, Off-beat to be precise, album. If you read the Cupp Cave bio or listen to his music, here it what you should think about: His Garbage Pail Beats are a rump-shaking, head-nodding, feet-shuffling slap in the face, one for the crate-diggers and glitch-lovers. Think nice crunchy gravel. Think big, red, 8-bit family sedan. Think wearing sunglasses sitting in the passenger seat with the window open. Think sunshine. Thump, thump, clap; Cupp Cave is guaranteed Hennessy-free.

We wanted to make a sleeve with the same feeling.  We asked Oreli for the artwork. She has a psychedelic universe, full of toys and happy monsters… as just as the Cupp Cave’s mind!

The color choice was really difficult. First, Oreli designed it in Gold + Black. We were not so convinced and started to think about it.  Finally, fluorescent pink and green where picked for the “backgound” colors and we decided to print it with 3 different foreground colors: Silver, Purple and Cyan. Think video games, 80’s, Miami. PAN!

The music can be a bit difficult. If you are tired, forget it… try later! We wanted something similar with the colors. Through the monitor, it’s a bit different, but we where looking for something HU! The silver + fluoro pink and cyan + fluoro pink are… you can’t miss it. And if you’ve got an headache, it’s not gonna help!

After some mistakes for the hand made screen print and approximately 3000 passages, we’ve finally got it.

We didn’t have too much money, so we wanted something cheap but cool for the case. As for the Back & Forth, we used cardboard. A simple grey one 450/m². It’s cheap, you can print it and fold it.

500 sleeves are hand screenprinted and crafted.









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7 Responses to “Garbage Pail Beats”

  1. Lise
    April 30th, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, love this artwork, makes me want to buy the CD just for the artwork….thanks!

  2. dr. Merlin
    May 1st, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

    Hey thx for the comment.
    Cool you like it.

    Check or drop us an email and ask for your favorite color :-)


  3. dunkurs
    May 3rd, 2009 @ 1:28 am


  4. Jason
    May 3rd, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    Excellent sleeve and pretty damn fine music too.

  5. cresta
    May 12th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

    I think the work itself is great. I listened to the tunes and think the illustrations were spot on. My question is why did you decide on printing three different cases, and how did you sell that idea? Did you go over your budget due to the three different color runs?

  6. dr. Merlin
    May 18th, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

    At the beginning we wanted something “bling-bling”. It’s Hip-Hop! And also something crazy, cse it’s Cupp Cave and Oreli. So we started with the silver for the bling-bling and fluo.

    Part of the team wasn’t so convinced by the silver, but we had printed already 250 copies …
    Then we started to think to others colors, and we decided purple. Problem, we didn’t had enough purple for finish all the sleeves and thx Riikka, she told us when we where looking for a third color “you want something who look like ’80s? I had a pullover pink+cyan who was so cool!!!”. Then, Riikka and I finished to print the cyan.

    We didn’t had to buy some new inks, we had them in stock. It just cost us more time and a bit more money (we had to use a bit more of the screenprint products to clean the frame and make a new one…), but we print the sleeves ourselves during our free time in our crap studio… :-)

    How did we sell it? we can make people 3 times more happy, they can choose the sleeve they like the most and we like to give a choice, we did the same for the Back&Forth (also on lovelypackage) and with screenprinting it’s so easy (and a bit less boring when you print) to change the colors, so why don’t do it??


  7. Ruben. T
    May 21st, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

    Great idea. Glad you offered something different from what we usually see as a cd sleeve/case. Good idea to keep the graphics colorful and playful to co-ordinate with the feeling of your music.

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