Sunday, April 19, 2009

Does Anyone Give A Crap About What I Bought On Record Store Day?


I mean, you shouldn't, but everyone else seems to have written about their own hauls, so in the interests of promoting whatever's getting throw at us in the name of "indie", I guess I'll take a turn, too.

The only two records I was really interested in were the Obits and Flight of the Conchords ones, so I picked those up-- there was actually still a whole stack of them left. I guess the two records that sold out the quickest at the store I went to (Redscroll) were the Bad Religion and Tom Waits ones... take that for what you will.

Redscroll was also having a 20% off sale (Record Store Day records were included in the sale, too), so while I was there I grabbed the new Deep Sleep "Paranoid Futures" 7-inch, as well a bunch of used 7"-ers from a pile that someone must've just turned in: a Chisel 7" on Gern Blandsten, one of the uncountable Electric Frankenstein 7"-ers, and the Rat Byte/Concrete Facelift split, all for around two bucks each. Best of all, I found the very first Art of the Underground Single Series 7" (The Failures' Union, 250 pressed) for under two bucks, too. I was really psyched about that.




Obits, "I Can't Lose"

Flight of the Conchords, "Pencils in the Wind"

(both of these files are listen-only)

The Obits song is super good. By the end of yesterday afternoon, both the Flight of the Conchords and Obits 7"-ers were already being listed on eBay for $29.99 plus shipping, which is about 8 times what they were selling for in the stores only hours earlier.



Redscroll was also giving away a tote bag that had a bunch of free stuff in it, like so:

A poster that just says "Prints" on it - Maybe it's a band, or something? Am I gonna Google it, and look it up? Fuck no!!
An issue of Paste - At first I was excited about this, because the ad on the front said that anyone could go on-line and sign up for a year's subscription for whatever they wanted to pay, even if it was only a buck. Then it turned out that this was an old issue (2008), and the magazine itself is really, really crappy. Instead of "Dear Music Lover" on the front, it should say "Dear Person Who Likes Eating Dog Shit."
An issue of Inkwell Press - Local zine that just put out its first issue, and it looks pretty sharp. The things they can do with computers these days.
A Sony "Record Store Day" LP - A bunch of unreleased "indie" stuff on the a-side, out of which Franz Ferdinand is the only band I've actually heard a song from before (unless the local Stop n Shop played a MGMT song while I was there once). The b-side has a Willie Nelson song, which could make this worth taking the shrinkwrap off. I could listen to Willie Nelson sing the phone book. This is already listed for $50 on eBay, by the way. Has a sticker on the front that says Blender on it, which is never a good sign.
An issue of Hear/Say - "America's College Music Newspaper." Has ads for Kelly Clarkson and Napalm Death in it. Is this what CMJ was like? I can't remember.
"Fresh Breath of Mint" zine from Mint Records - This was actually pretty good.


A bunch of sampler and demo CDs - Wild Light, Zee Avi, Newandyke (CT grind), a Lost Highway sampler, and an Asbestos Records sampler. The Newandyke and Asbestos discs are probably the only ones I'll ever listen to.
An unidentifiable 7" - I think it's Assspatula.


Then earlier today I was at the WESU Record Fair, at Wesleyan. I found a copy of the Shellac "At Action Park" LP in perfect shape for only $8, which was too good to pass up. I also found the Thinner 7" on King Bung sitting in a dollar bin, which is probably twice what it's worth but I bought it anyway. Other purchases: Crystallized Movements "Mind Disaster" CD, They and the Children/Daniel Striped Tiger split, and the Clusterfuck "Mid Life Crisis" tour edition CD EP (only 66 made?). Also, Brian Frenette of Iron Hand was spinning some records while I was there, and played some pretty cool stuff: TJSA, Fu Manchu, The Replacements...

And that's it.


14 comments:

Mr. HCI said...

Who are The Obits and why is everyone gaga over them now?

Brushback said...

Obits = some guy from Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, both of whom other people tell me were pretty good.

I don't blame anyone for being skeptical because of the hype, but Obits have some great songs, really.

caren said...

good scores!

Brushback said...

I'm thinking other people would've gotten different things in their goodie bags, and maybe not all of them were the same... everyone who went to Redscroll, fess up!

Bruce said...

that chisel 7" is a good one, the b-side doesn't appear anywhere else, correct?

Brushback said...

Oh, man, I don't know. I don't own any other Chisel records, so when I saw this one I grabbed it.

Hey, it was 20% off!! (AOTU #1 = $1.60! Deal of the century!)

theneedledrop said...

I give a crap! I was at 'scroll, too. I'm sorry I missed you!

Brushback said...

Redscroll was so busy on Saturday that I probably wouldn't have even known you were there - though I did run into two of the guys from Iron Hand/Oiltanker... there's almost always band guys there whenever I go on the weekends.

caren said...

i was at the 'scroll twice...once at opening for the goodies, later on to really look around (also had to take someone who couldn't make it earlier). it was nuts! my goodie bag had different stuff...no paste, and a different sampler LP i think. i had a hot air press 7" (local label) and a bunch of metal bands' stickers that i don't know what to do with.

Brushback said...

Oh, yeah, I got a handful of stickers too - I forgot about those... gee, I'm wondering which Hot Air Press 7" they'd be giving away - I thought they all were pretty limited. Like, I bought a Mammoth Hunter "Spring 2008" 7" at Redscroll earlier this year, and it was numbered #7 of 22...

caren said...

i just looked at it again, it's limited to 25 and unlabeled. i haven't listened to it yet but i'll get back to you when i figure out what it actually is.

Brushback said...

The two Hot Air Press records that I have both have blank silver labels (they're both Mammoth Hunter so they might even be the same songs-- I didn't listen to the Edition of 22 one yet).

hotairpress.org has a pretty useful discography...

caren said...

it has a silver label, maybe that's what it is!

Brushback said...

That's a pretty wicked deal, to get one for free.