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pluspunkt on 01/04/2013 at 07:00AM

Best of 2012: Nice Cover, Great Music

My name is Moritz Grünke. I am an artist based in Berlin, working with riso printing and design. I am very into artzines, which is why I write a blog about self-publishing artists, and I am one half of the small press called Gloria Glitzer (with Franiska Brandt). I also support the Free Music Archive as a community curator.

Nice Cover is my collection of great sounds and beautiful cover artworks that I really enjoy. It's a blog dedicated to free music, mostly under Creative Commons, and I also encourage supporting the artists via flattr, donations, purchases and other means.


Favorite Creative Commons Albums of 2012:

Goto80 and the Uwe Schenk Band - The Ferret Show (Up it Up Records)

abc100 - exit site (Headphonica)

Machine Death - Machine Death (Wood and Wire)
download from the FMA

Plastic Jazz Orchestra - 39° (Headphonica / 2419)

SunWalker - Yoncalla (dontrustheruin)
Lucky Dragons - Existers (Swill Children)


Favorite Creative Commons Tracks of 2012:

Nainen farina by Violeta Päivänkakkara — »Kuu« (La Gramola)
Time Bending by Phonotrash — »Elsewhere« (Headphonica)
Big Up by Grace et Volupte — »Van Van« (Dogmazic)
Slow Burning Bliss by Dead Times – »S/T« (Bad Panda)
Old Time Primitives by Big Blood — »Old Time Primitives« (Dontrustheruin)
Steps, Stairs, Mountains & Valleys by The Plastic Jazz Orchestra — »39°« (Headphonica / 2419)
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pluspunkt on 02/06/2012 at 04:57PM


I still run this blog dedicated to creative commons music with great cover art but i moved it to Because it’s more comfortable for me to post things and it’s easier for readers/listeners to find and browse it. I still love the FMA and i will continue adding cc music to the archive…

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pluspunkt on 02/06/2010 at 10:12AM

Nice Cover - Primix for Kids

An awesome album by Pierlo and Tracky Birthday, together as Primix For Kids, released on UpitUp.

The artwork cames by the musicans and in my mind it's very lovely.
There is also a very funny minisite for this release. You'll find it here.


Some nice words of Tracky about this Album:

»When I was a kid my favorite game was "the folding game": one person draws a head on a piece of paper, folds that part back so that the other person can only see where the drawing ends. Then the other person has to draw the body, fold that as well and so on. 

My friend Pierlo in Rome and I always wanted to make music together, and we were looking for a good way to bridge the distance without losing the fun. So we tried to copy the principal of the folding game onto our music, creating a technique we like to call primixing, which is different from just remixing. One person prepares the rough base for a song, leaving it open what musical direction to follow. The other person remixes that base and adds new elements, then returns it. This can go back and forth until the song seems complete. 
Unlike making music on your own, you have to keep in mind that what you compose is to be left open and accessable. It is like passing the ball to each other, while it starts out easy and assisting, and turns out difficult, complex or just funny….«

— via UpitUp

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pluspunkt on 12/31/2009 at 08:37PM

Ergo Phizmiz & Friends - The Faust Cycle

I'm happy to announce, that i finished the Cover Art for Ergo Phizmiz' The Faust Cycle. It will be published on the January 1th 2010 by Headphonica on their homepage. I hope you'll enjoy these 15 hours of experimental sound-noise-speech-collage as i did while doing this Cover Art.

You can download the whole release on

More Informations about everything you'll find on Ergos Blog

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pluspunkt on 11/29/2009 at 10:47AM

Nice Cover - Bakers At Dawn

Eyes on this wonderful Cover art for the swedish band Bakers at Dawn. For »You Must Hide Your Love Forever«, published on Peppermill records, Jon McNaught created a wood cut that looks as brilliant as the album sounds like. A cover that matches perfect to the album mood.

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cover, great, art, design
pluspunkt on 10/05/2009 at 07:00AM

Nice Cover - Hazardous Guadalupe

Hazardous Guadalupe from Baltimore with their album Vegetable Bibliography. Again a collage-style cover. But this one ist different. A limited edition of 100 cds with hand-made sleeves designed by Decapitated Hed.

Two different sleeves of this album you'll find here and here.

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pluspunkt on 10/04/2009 at 07:21AM

Nice Cover - Custodian of Records

a very nice intrumental promo-album by the Custodian of Records with a beautiful cover design by kupiart. Published on Domination.

The artwork in a higher resolution: frontback

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pluspunkt on 08/28/2009 at 01:24PM

Nice Cover - Happy Elf

Eyes on the beautiful »Numerology« Compilation cover art. Ears on this nice summer evening mix compiled by Ton Rückert.

The Cover art was done by mail art-legend Michael Leigh a.k.a. A1 (a very intersting interview with A1 you'll find here and his mail art archive here) with a little modification by Andreea Cornu and Ton Rückert.

A highres-picture you'll find here


Love it!

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pluspunkt on 08/23/2009 at 07:31AM

Nice Cover - Thee Oh Sees

Today enjoy Thee Oh Sees rough »Peanut Butter Oven EP« and keep an eye on this beautiful cover artwork. As far as i realized the artwork was done by Chris Johanson an artist from San Francisco (you will find some paintings of him here).

a high-res pic i found on pukekos blog with some interesting facts and an other awsome coverartwork for their »The Intelligence« album.

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pluspunkt on 08/18/2009 at 06:30AM

Nice Cover - Manuel J Grotesque

A nice serigraphy-artwork for Manuel J. Grotesques weird »Flic flac no core sur le mont perdu« album released on the Galerie Pache label. The artwork was done, as far as i realized, by Loulou prod. from Bordeaux.

Enjoy the music and artwork. The Cover you'll find here. And also have a look on the hompage of Monsieur Grotesque. There you'll find more beautiful cover-artworks. i love this one.

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