Rock On!

Smog is happy to announce the release of Lisa Johnson’s beautiful new rockin’ photography book 108 Rock Star Guitars. 15 years in the making, Lisa documents legendary guitars that have defined the medium. Join Lisa tonight for her West Coast photography exhibit opening and book signing at Mr. Musclehead, 7511 W. Sunset Blvd Los Angeles [...]

A tragedy sandwich with a slice of bliss.

We’re happy to be working with Ben Folds Five on their new LP – The Sound of The Life of The Mind. The original power trio’s new LP will not disappoint—full of tragedy, bliss and more tragedy. Nick (Pomus) Hornby wrote the lyrics for the title track. Cover painting by Eric Joyner. . Coming soon [...]

Three Boys From Pasadena

I am happy to announce the opening of my friends Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis photography retrospective at Art Center College of Design on Thursday June 14. Three Boys From Pasadena is a beautiful exhibit chronicling over 30 years of their individual work and ongoing friendship with Helmut Newton. The show was originally curated [...]

Kicking today’s music in the balls*

Congrats to Garbage on the release of their first new album in 7 years – “Not Your Kind of People” – and darklings it was worth the wait. We had a grand old time time working with Shirley and the band on the creative campaign for this project. The packaging includes killer photos by Autumn [...]


So stoked to be working with the amazing Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on artwork for their upcoming release, The Lion The Beast The Beat. Check out the first single, “Never Go Back,” written by Dan Auerbach and GP&N. With original artwork by the equally amazing Deedee Cheriel. Can’t wait for this record.

We love them all for different reasons.

We’ve been busy little elves here at SMOG. While most of you were taking a nice holiday break, we were burning the midnight oil in our design workshop putting finishing touches on some great records that are about to hit retailers shelves and your iTunes store very soon. Check out these new releases from Punch [...]

Happy New Year!

Wanted to ring in the new year right with some good news from the last one. REDEFINE Magazine’s online blog does a year-end recap of notable album artwork, and this one spotlights the deluxe LP design I did for my own band Touché Amoré. 2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art : Deluxe Packaging

70s Product Design and ROCK

I dig Grundig’s lo-fi “Phono Boy” 45 RPM player by Mario Bellini and 70s R&R!

Heading North on Interstate 87 (part 1)

Friday July 8, 2011, 8AM Landing at JFK on the AA redeye from L.A., I quickly make my way to the rental car counter and on to one of my favorite places – the Holz Farm in Phoenicia, NY. I’m working with George Holz this weekend on his celebrity portrait book documenting almost 30 years [...]