Awesome Animated Video for the Yellow Bird Project

I know I already posted about the Yellow Bird Project a while back, but I had to share this new video I just saw on their site. This non-profit company works with an amazing range of indie rock musicians to create unique t-shirt designs that benefit an array of charities, each chosen by the musicians. Music + T-Shirts + Art + Charity. What a cool idea.

They have just released this new animated video with their original theme song written by “The Tallest Man on Earth” and animated by Jonathan Lindley. I love this sweet animation made with paper. Watch below, or check it out here.


30 Album covers for Typography Inspiration

I was going through my mom’s old records this weekend and I started noticing the beautiful typography. Before the days of Ai and, artists created type by hand. Here are 30 album covers for your inspiration:




album18 album10

Zank Live at the Beauty Bar SD

Our favorite local musician Zank is playing a show tonight at The Beauty Bar in San Diego with fellow musicians, Anthony Molinaro, Allen Mautner & Chad Farran from Superunloader . If you’re in town we’d love to see you come out and support local music and maybe spruce up your nails at the same time! To get an idea of what an acoustic orgasm sounds like check out their video from the studio this weekend. I was lucky enough to watch these guys record a new demo at Big Fish studios in Escondido on Saturday. What a treat! Hope to see you there. zank_BeautyBar22Oct09

Zank on “Good Morning San Diego” KUSI

I had the privilege this weekend to watch a friend and awesome musician, Zank,  play on the “Good Morning San Diego” KUSI  morning show on Sunday. It was so interesting to see how the news works. From how they setup their shots to interviewing guests everything runs so smoothly. The guys did a great job and the music sounded awesome. Watch the live show here.


We want to see you at the next few shows! If you’re in NYC holla at Zank. He’ll be there out there playing a duo-acoustic show on July 31st at Bar 169. Save the date for September 20th. He’ll be playing The Acoustic Alliance at Brick by Brick in San Diego.


Check out Zank’s cd at San Diego’s favorite record store, M-Theory or buy it on iTunes. Big things are coming from Zank and his band, stay tuned.

WE HUB: Iglu & Hartly

iglu_blog3WE HUB: Iglu & Hartly

WHO IS IGLU & HARTLY: Colorado transplants to California’s Echo Park, Iglu & Hartly have hit the ground running with their new album, “& Then Boom.” Their sound is Tom Petty meets The Pointer Sisters in a neon karaoke bar in Tokyo singing Tina Turner. The music is super fun with a mix of pop and hip-hop that will keep you dancing all night.


WHY WE HUB THEM: These guys are good! They know how to put on an awesome live show and these days that is what really matters in the music industry. At Artistic Hub, we love to support bands and live music. Their high-energy shows are enough to make anyone love them. We were lucky enough to see them last Friday at 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach. One word: amazing.


HOW WE ARE HELPING: Artistic Hub and Iglu & Hartly have joined forces to create a custom design competition for the next Iglu & Hartly t-shirt.
Prizes include: free tickets to concert of your choice, chance to become the official tour t-shirt, copy of  “& Then Boom,”  limited edition 7″ vinyl of “Violent & Young,” and a signed poster from Iglu & Hartly. The contest starts today and a new winner will be announced each week until August 30th. Get your submissions in today and win! Download the template here. Not a designer? We still need your help! Show your support for Iglu & Hartly by voting for your favorite designs to help pick the next winner. You can buy all designs on-demand through their sweet on-demand storefront.


Iglu & Hartly call their music, “not pop music as a one-night stand. This is pop music you marry. Feel good, but take it home with you.” Their high-energy, genre blending tunes and amazing live shows is why WE HUB THEM! Keep up with Iglu & Hartly on myspace, facebook, twitter and!

-Mel & Michelle

Music is my heartbeat

I hope everyone had a great weekend! A friend of mine called me at 8 pm on Friday saying he had an extra ticket to the Angels and Airwaves and Weezer concert! I missed Tokyo Police Club who also performed that night, but I heard they were awesome. I came in the middle of the Angels and Airwaves performance and they had so much energy! I’m not familiar with all of their music, but they sounded GREAT live. Weezer rocked my world with a mix of their old classics and new stuff. They also had tons of energy and gave an entertaining performance. They are all very talented and I was impressed. I love live music. (Photo to the left was taken on my iphone) Since I’m on the topic, here are some other artists that are “most played” in our office right now: (I also made notes about their websites. It’s interesting to see how a band brands themselves online.)

Cold War Kids

– LRG img in BG – vlack and white, bold headers


– the anti-design, a new trend of bright colors, tiled BG and ugly fonts

LOVE the music, don’t love the style

Mates of State

classic, sophisticated and hand-drawn

Yael Naim

– miz of textures, watercolor and hand-drawn effect with photos


the anti-design + flash – my ultimate nightmare… still love her music though


simple, text-based, bought her CD last week and can’t get it out of my head


-another anti-design – white BG, too many colors, hand-drawn elements

Death for Cutie

-sweet retro-vibe

Lee Coulter

-myspace for now, but working on new website – aussie style

Brett Dennen

-water-color effects


-cool collage site, photos and stamps from travels

Tegan and Sara

-text based + LRG BG image

Tori Amos

-changes her website to match her CD art, this one is very urban, graphic design-y

Of Montreal

-hand-drawn + collage

“Acoustic Mayhem” with Dawn Mitschele and Bushwalla

Last night my roommate Diliana and I went to see some of our favorite local artists perform. (Here we are at the show)

Dawn Mitschele and Bushwalla have teamed up for a tour around California called “Acoustic Mayhem.” Dawn would be the “acoustic” and Bushwalla would be the “mayhem!” But really, they both cause a little mayhem when they start singing, because you are instantly engaged and wrapped in the wonderful energy of their performance.

We all smashed into a small room in the Mueller College of Holistic Studies across from the infamous Twiggs cafe in University Heights, San Diego. Locals show up an hour early to pick up a warm tea from Twiggs, chat with other Mayhem fans and make sure they get a seat for the show! When we are all finally packed in, there is standing room only and people huddle outside just to get a peek. There is such an amazing energy that happens in a small room with live music.

Dawn Mitschele opened up the show with her sweet voice and intriguing lyrics. When she sings, I am instantly calmed and as she said herself last night, “it is a time to decompress.” When she walks up and starts to sing all fo the hustle and bustle in the room comes to a halt and you are mesmerized by her music. Check out her on MySpace to listen to some of her work. Her new album “Town of Trees EP” is now available on itunes and is in my “most played” list. Her most popular songs include: “Float Like a Feather,” which is soft and sweet and brings up my mood when I’m having a bad day. “Redwood Street” has a bluesy beat and “Dominoes” is a more acoustic pop. Here is her new “Dominos” music video:

Bushwalla on the other hand, is a juggling, joke-telling, fire-breathing, self-proclaimed gangsta from Cleveland. His music is almost acoustic rap where his quick rhymes and witty lyrics keep you wanting more. He’s an all-around performer and he seems to be happiest when he’s jammin’ on stage with his buddies. His new album “Autodidactical, Freestyle and Radical” is available at or on itunes. Go and listen! “Gangsta” will keep you laughing and “Fall Through Glass” is my motivation song.

Here is a new video of Dawn and Bushwalla singing “Mayhem is Beautiful.”

I picked up a Bushwalla shirt to support because I truly an a t-shirt whore. (aka – I Love T-shirts!)

Jason Mraz also showed up to perform with Bushwalla last night. They are best friends and have been jammin’ together… forever. They never mention his name, but I used to see them perform together every Sunday at Twiggs a few years back. (Jason and Bushwalla are both originally from San Diego.) You never know when/if he’ll show up, but when Jason and Bushwalla perform together, it’s magic. They have a hilarious banter between them and they love to improve and create new songs on the spot. It’s always entertaining and I’ve really gotten to see what a talented artist Jason is, behind the scenes.

Pick up Jason’s new CD: “We Dance, We Sing, We Steal Things” and If you like Jason Mraz, make sure you check out Bushwalla and Dawn as well! 🙂

I hope everyone had a fun weekend!