Sights & Sounds Presents Wilco: ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ by Ross Zietz

Ross Zietz

I thought I should start this edition of Sights & Sounds out with a little preface to address a couple things. This is a brand new project that’s three wallpapers old so there’s going to be some issues that arise. First is that yes, every artist should listen to the album before they design a wallpaper. I thought this made sense as well and this is no jab at the previous artists who may not have listened to the records. But going forward this will be a prerequisite to creating a wallpaper so that they can soak in the sounds and feelings of the album. I can tell you that the next four albums/wallpapers are going to really impressive and I think you’ll be into them. And I think you can say the same about today’s wallpaper.

We’re finally to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which is undoubtedly the best album they’ve ever released. It was the first album of theirs that I had ever heard and still holds up 8 years later. In my opinion this is a nearly perfect album and some of the songs on here are my absolute favorites, like Jesus Etc. and Poor Places.

The artist on this album is Ross Zietz who if you’re familiar with Threadless you’ve undoubtedly seen his work. A quick glance through his Flickr account shows a ton of amazing pieces he’s done for Threadless and random ideas as well. I’m stoked to see his interpretation of the song War on War influencing his design. Here’s what he had to say:

“Having to do Yankee Foxtrot Hot was kind of a lot of pressure. I did about 3 or 4 sketches before I came up with something I was happy with. Instead of concentrating on the album title I went with my favorite song ‘War on war’. Its an upbeat song about war so I wanted my piece to have a similar tone.”

Thanks Ross! Check back next week for A Ghost Is Born.


9 Comments Sights & Sounds Presents Wilco: ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ by Ross Zietz

  1. M December 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    It took me a second to see it, but this one really works with the album. Nice work!

    Also: “undoubtedly the best album they’ve ever release”…watch it! There are many A Ghost is Born die-hards ready to argue that.

  2. Bobby Solomon December 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    @M – Agreed about A Ghost is Born, but I don’t think it’s their best, I think it’s their most experimental. Much like Flaming Lips did with Embryonic, it’s just another beast entirely.

  3. undeterred January 5, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    I’m stealing this for a new avatar!

  4. Andy January 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    This is a really sweet graphic and I currently have it as my desktop wallpaper, but it seems that everyone failed to mention where this graphic actually came from. It seems to have less to do with Wilco and a whole lot more to do with Stanley Kubrick’s movie, Dr. Strangelove. If we’re going to be honest with ourselves about our work, we should also be honest about our influences.

  5. Bobby Solomon January 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    @Andy – I don’t think there’s anything to be honest about. He was influenced by both things, of course, I don’t think anyone is refuting that in any way. These wallpaper don’t have to directly reflect Wilco, they’re simply inspired by their music.

  6. Herman January 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I love how I can just hue shift this to an entire palette of desktop awesomeness.
    Thank you :)

  7. Chris February 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Excellent work. Really liking this. Let’s see if the Tumblr masses think the same.

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