Born in Los Angeles, Rosenberg began experimenting with recording songs on an eight-track portastudios as a teenager.
His early influences were artists such as Michael Jackson, the Cure, and R. In 2004, he debuted on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label with a string of albums he had originally self-released, beginning with The Doldrums (2000).
His lo-fi aesthetic and home-recorded albums proved influential to a broad range of indie artists in the late 2000s, and he is frequently cited as the "godfather" of hypnagogic pop and chillwave.
The majority of his recorded output stems from a prolific eight-year period in which he accumulated over 200 cassette tapes of material.
Clever, and an interesting thing to compare side-by-side, but a pointless exercise in history-rewriting, ultimately.
: This Hipgnosis design, a human ear in close-up overlaid with drops on water, has countless variations (just Google it and you'll see). At the other end (and the vinyl copy I personally have looks like this one), you can barely notice the ear at all. : Another soundtrack, pretty obscure for being the Floyd's immediate pre-Dark Side release.
I'm a bit more 'whatever' about its 'medals on a black background' cover, which doesn't always have the text in Courier New on front. As the band had essentially broken up by then, I guess no-one really cared either way. : By no small distance by far the most successful attempt at 'compiling' Pink Floyd, Echoes is a 2CD 'greatest hits' that makes a virtue of the band's remarkable transformation down the years.
: Hipgnosis was actually founded in order to deliver this cover, a beautifully lush piece of sci-fi and science-textbook images melting into one another.
I think they're attractive and I think they've helped Google find this site and index it well.
But (a) they're really labour-intensive, and (b) they require the covers to be a very particular size (too small for my taste) and not centred.
Several of the most famous album covers ever are to be found here.
As a side note, I've also decided to abandon the 'roll-over captions' I've been using so far on this blog.