Hat & Beard Press has teamed up with Adam Goldberg of The Goldberg Sisters for the release of Home: A Nice Place to Visit, a photography book and vinyl-LP set based on Mr. Goldberg’s new psych pop album of the same name.
The book will feature Goldberg’s photographs paired with lyrics for each track on the record and will feel much like the kind of hand-held object for which Mr. Goldberg has always had an affinity. Each image will be a visual counterpoint for the particular feeling evoked by its companion song. Also included is a transcription of the lyrics opposite each photo as well as an instrumental bonus track that comprises the fourth side of the album, not included in the digital release. Given the diverse aural textures and moods conjured up by the music on the album, it’s no surprise the photography is a wonder wheel of optical delights.
Shot on instant film stocks with a variety of medium and large-format cameras, the images are an extension of Mr. Goldberg’s life-long obsession with physically documenting moments in time. Goldberg began to pursue his passion for photography and filmmaking as a teenager, and while he is widely regarded as an extremely versatile actor and filmmaker, music and photographs have played an increasingly prominent role in his creative sphere.
This particular project echoes the years when he would end his nights by pasting Polaroid photographs he had taken throughout the day into a journal. Later, the process evolved into a “virtual journal,”—a Tumblr page found at AdamGoldberg.Tumblr.Com—on to which he would upload scanned negative or instant prints, as well as recordings, many of which are early versions of songs found on his albums.
As to the music, Home is Goldberg’s fourth album as The Goldberg Sisters and just as with Stranger’s Morning, his prior release, Goldberg recorded most of the album in his garage studio, doing the majority of the instrumentation, which was recorded by frequent collaborator Andrew Lynch (of Nav Attack). With songs like “The Kids are Alwrong”, “Dear Mr. Nilsson”, and “Meet the Depressed”, one gets a real taste for the cosmic and comic sensibilities possessed by this many-talented artist, and lyrically captured on Home.
Music and photography by Adam Goldberg
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