Sights & Sounds Presents Wilco: ‘A.M.’ by Adam Hanson

Adam Hanson

Here it is folks, the reincarnation of the Desktop Wallpaper Project, a new project I’m calling Sights & Sounds. Our first musical artist is Wilco and we’ll be releasing a wallpaper for each album every week and then move onto the next artist. I’ll be throwing random wallpapers in between each series to mix it up a bit, so no worries.

Our first album is A.M. and was interpreted by Adam Hanson. A.M. came out in March of 1995 and overall is considered to be not so great of an album. It had a lot of the alt-country sound that Uncle Tupelo had but it overall it didn’t really hit the nail on the head. That said I think Adam did an amazing job of creating a wallpaper based on the ideas of the album. Here’s how he did it:

My wallpaper based on Wilco’s ‘A.M.’ record is a pretty straight forward interpretation of the song “Passenger Side”. It’s definitely my favorite song on the album and I kept listening to it over and over for this project. To me the song, much like most of the album, is about a relationship on the rocks and that feeling of uneasiness when realizing it’s not going to work out. I wanted to capture the moment of “well it couldn’t get any worse than this so I might as well smoke”, which is pretty much the subject matter for the rest of the album. The album is full of twang and a pretty heavy country influence so I wanted the imagery to have a bit of a light-hearted take on the situation.

I tend to mostly work in the realm of screen printing so my brain is pretty much wired to use a really restricted number of colors when I design. This wallpaper was no different. I love using color overlays to create extra colors and am a sucker for halftones.

Check back next Wedensday for the next wallpaper, Wilco’s Being There.


6 Comments Sights & Sounds Presents Wilco: ‘A.M.’ by Adam Hanson

  1. Chris November 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Dude! This is amazing!

  2. Felan November 17, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Would still really appreciate 1280×1024 – you’ve got every other convievable size!

  3. Felan November 17, 2010 at 7:54 PM


  4. Bobby Solomon November 17, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    @Felan – I get what you’re saying but here’s the thing. A 1280 x 1024 wallpaper would honestly just be the 1680 x 1050 wallpaper but cropped down a bit. The sizes above are basically a widescreen version, whereas your monitor is more of a square-ish format.

    I would suggest downloading the the 1680 x 1050 wallpaper and set your screen to center the wallpaper, that’s honestly the only way to do it! That cool?

  5. drew November 18, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Dude the new website layout is awesome. I love this latest wallpaper project! Thanks!

  6. Felan November 19, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    @Bobby Solomon – yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing, and you know what, it’s totally fine. Just being difficult.

    Very excited about the new incarnation of the Wallpaper Project! Keep up the good work.

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