I’m ready for a new Timbaland album… Are You?

I’m ready for a new Timbaland album… Are You?

So two years ago, the music producer/artist know as Timbaland released what was both critically and popularly considered to be “the shit”. I think that’s an industry term. However it holds a special meaning in Timbaland’s case because literally he had the equivalent of an Indian food induced bowl-movement of genius work and success. Every song/album/artist he touched was instantly dominating. Case in point: One Republic. They aren’t great. But Timba, as I like to call him, handed them a hit song in Apologize (By the way , if you haven’t heard the original un-timba’d version of the song off the bands first album, you should, It is not 1/3 as good).

Anyway, I ‘ve been thinking about my ears and what they have been hearing lately, and I have decided that it’s time for more Timbaland. A new album.

Go. Timba, go.

I heard this song arranged and produced by him a while back, for Chris Cornell album of the same name, “Scream”. I like it. It’s a good start.

But, that song came out in 2008. What else.

Maybe that Keri Hilson song? Ok, another 2008, but later, better:

Apparently he’s been busy, I guess. Wikipedia says…

In 2008, Timbaland helped produce many albums for various artists that include Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze, Madonna’s Hard Candy, Brandy’s Human[37], Omarion’s cd,Menudo’s upcoming album, Ashlee Simpson’s Bittersweet World, Keri Hilson’s In A Perfect World, Flo Rida’s Mail On Sunday, Letoya Luckett’s Lady Love, Lindsay Lohan’s Spirit in the Dark, Chris Cornell’s Scream, JoJo’s All I Want Is Everything, Nicole Scherzinger’s Her Name is Nicole, Missy Elliott’s Block Party, Matt Pokora’s MP3, Keithian’s Dirrty Pop, The Pussycat Dolls’s Doll Domination, Busta Rhymes’s B.O.M.B, Lisa Maffia’s Miss Boss, Teairra Mari’s Pressed For Time[38], Jennifer Hudson’s debut album, Dima Bilan’s Believe , Samantha Jade’s, My Name Is Samantha Jade, New Kids on the Block’s The Block and Keshia Chanté’s new Album.

that line up, sans a few, bodes very well for some quality tunes in the upcoming months. But what about a new album from the Man himself. Apparently Shock Value 2 (Clever name) is on its way. Wikipedia (which doesn’t lie) says…

In 2008, Timbaland began working on his third studio album, Shock Value 2, the follow-up to his 2007 platinum album Shock Value.[43] In January 2009, Timbaland clarified rumors about the recording process of the album but acknowledged that he would release the album within the year.[44] In March 2009, he filed a lawsuit against his label, Blackground Records, alleging that they attempted to blackball him after he decided to move from music performance into production.[45]

Doesn’t sound good, but we’ll see. Come on Timbaland, I need me some new cuts to get me through the upcoming cold, cold winter.

Fun work

Martin Luther King Tribute

I wanted to attempt this style  in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.

His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.

Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.

Smoking Goat Branding

I like beer.

Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.

We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.

The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.

Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.

New Poster

This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.

A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.

I thought it would look good in his new apartment.

Sheltered Perceptions

I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.

With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.

To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.

Here is where we landed:

Humane Society - Misconceptions"Mutt"

Humane Society - Misconceptions - "Bark"

Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…

My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.

I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.

Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: