Best of 2011: Cover Art

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Once considered an integral part of music packaging, album art has all but faded in the digital music age. The iPod has reduced 12 x 12 LP covers to thumbnails, pushing many artists to use large block print across plain backgrounds. How else are people going to know what they’re listening to? Sometimes simplicity is good, but thankfully for the vinyl aficionados of the world there are still artists who value the visual experience of owning an LP. Hit the jump to check out the covers that caught our eye in 2011.

Best of 2011: Music Video

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Did you know that “Pop-Up Video” is back? Neither did we until a few hours ago, but even VH1 is trying to clamor to the music industry of yesteryear. Not that we’re complaining here at Sloane. I mean who wouldn’t want to know that Britney shaved her head during the filming of “Womanizer.” While we doubt any of our favorite videos of 2011 will be showing up on VH1 anytime soon, we do think they’ll keep you entertained for the next forty-odd minutes. From the animated, to the sentimental, to the really weird, we’ve got you covered. Have a a gander after the jump.

Fleet Foxes: Grown Ocean

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Check out this beautiful music video for Fleet Foxes’ new album closer “Grown Ocean.” This is arguably the best album I’ve heard in a long long time, and if you haven’t purchased it yet do yourself a favor and do so… here. Can’t wait until May 17th when I see them live.

Robin Pecknold: Three Songs (EP)

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Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold released three new tracks today via his twitter. It’s a nice surprise as we patiently wait for the band’s sophomore LP, Helplessness Blues, to arrive May 3rd on Sub Pop. The new collection of songs feature an original, a cover, and a lovely duet with Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste. The cover, “Where Is My Wild Rose,” is by New Zealand folksinger Chris Thompson. According to Pecknold, “These aren’t Fleet Foxes songs, but I didn’t know where else to disseminate it. Pretty mellow jams.” Mellow indeed. Download all three tracks below.

MP3: Robin Pecknold: I’m Losing Myself (Feat. Ed Droste)

MP3: Robin Pecknold: Derwentwater Stones

MP3: Robin Pecknold: Where Is My Wild Rose