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Highways

Jim Sullivan is a forgotten talent with a great story. He recorded only one album called UFO that is full of songs about driving into the desert and getting abducted by UFOs. He then promptly drove into the desert and was never heard from again, presumably abducted by a UFOs. Amazing. None of this would matter if the songs sucked but finding out about this hidden gem has been one of my great musical joys of the past year. My girlfriend and I recently bought a camper and this is the type treatment I made for the spare tire cover. We too will drive through the desert this summer while singing songs about open highways. If we don’t make it back, you’ll know what happened. – Dan

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Coyote

I had to throw some Mom Rock in here, it’s only fair. I can sometimes have a pretty low breaking point for Joni Mitchell, but everything about this live performance at The Band’s The Last Waltz is perfect. The reigning queen of Laurel Canyon (sorry Mama Cass) emerges from a sea of Neil Young’s cocaine snot bubbles and effortlessly rises above the misogynistic manboy’s club that was the 1970′s LA Dad Rock scene. No regrets, indeed. – Dan

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The French Inhaler

Poor Warren Zevon. One of the most unique and talented songwriters of the 70′s doomed to be forever associated with that goddamn song about werewolves. But he was a hero, albeit a flawed one, and one of my personal Dad Rock favorites. People like Jim Morrison died with their pants around their ankles thinking they were lizard kings but Warren faced his many demons and his music was the better for it. The man can hollow you out with his lyrics and The French Inhaler has some of his best. He passed away in 2003 after a battle with an untreatable form of cancer but made a final television appearance on David Letterman’s show prior to his death. The two were close friends. When Letterman asked if he now had any insight on life and death Warren responded only with “enjoy every sandwich.” What a dude. – Dan

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Roll Me Away

We could all learn something from the simplicity of Bob Seger. All his songs contain some combination of just 4 ingredients: fire, night, restlessness, and relationships that take place inside motor vehicles. He is the Midwest’s Bruce Springsteen. There is a black and white photograph floating around the Internet of a famed meeting between these two kings of Heartland Dad Rock. The photograph is in black and white not because of some rock photographer’s aesthetic choice, but because the combined collars of these two men would create a shade of blue so brilliant no color film would be able to capture it. – Dan

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Dad Rock

The day you were born your dad built a rocket. Loaded with all his favorite records and powered with spare parts from his Chevy Nova, he aimed the rocket at your Saturn, lit the fuse, and watched it disappear into the night sky while blasting some Supertramp. The party was over and it was time for him to get down to some serious dadding. Now, a couple of decades later, your Saturn is returning, colonized with your dad’s record collection and a healthy population of good vibes. It’s been a long, exhausting journey and your Saturn is ready to throw back a couple of domestic cans and just CHILL OUT. Hey bud, let’s party. – Dan

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Sweet, Young & No.16

Earlier this year we were asked to participate in a state motto project called Fifty and Fifty curated by the talented Dan Cassaro where we got to represent Michigan handsomely. To return the favor, we’ve given Dan the license to drive this week at FoT as our 16th Guest Post’r. Dan will take us on a journey through the highways and backroads of some of the finest curves seen this side of the Mississippi. He’s included a song for each post which by the end of the week will make for the perfect roadtrip mixtape. We hope you enjoy the ride.

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Throw-down at the Bauhaus

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Empanadas

This is one quote from the book ‘Neighbourhood’ (I did 20 quotes for the book inall, all individually pieced together, letter by letter). The type needed to reflect the handcrafted nature of the book and project (remixing stuffed toys) so I created a typeface around the idea of modularized sewing thread forming the letters. – Craig

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Hi!

This just sort of happened one day when I was playing around. It’s one of those simple ideas that takes about 10 seconds to execute but seems to stick around forever because it’s friendly and affirmative and delivers it’s message really quickly. Ideally I’d like to build a giant three dimensional version and install it somewhere. – Craig

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FoT

When I first started playing around with this typeface I was looking for ways to bring my pattern work into typography. I ended up breakdown the letterforms into modules and filling each with different stripes and colors. The outcome is a little abstracted but still legible which is a nice mix I think. – Craig

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Fingered

I was so excited to present this to Nike at the time but they didn’t like it at all. Maybe calling it “Fingered” wasn’t the best strategy. – Craig

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T’was a Dark and Stormy Night

This piece was exhibited last month at Compound Gallery in Portland. I started doing this style of type when I was playing around with ideas of incorporating the rainbow swirls I’ve been doing for years and years with typography. I like the freer, blobby nature of the type which is different to my usual snap-to-grid style. It kind of looks candy store-ish but the message is somewhat sinister. – Craig

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