RE: [thewire] interesting article on 7" singles/good ban
> ...It's great fun coming home after aYeah, the lab singles are always fun; these days they constitute almost 50%
> Stereolab concert, throwing the colored tour vinyl on the turntable
> and admiring the sleeve artwork while you listen to something
> brand new that wouldn't have fit comfortably in context of an Lp.
> Long live 7" singles
av my total 7" purchases. Knowing they'll have doubled in value 2 weeks
after buying them is an added bonus. Not that I'd even consider selling
them; it's just fun to know there are people out there who would glady part
with a weeks (months?) wages for my pink vinyl "John Cage Bubblegum"
including a stick of bubblegum. (But how to keep it from crumbling to
But tour-singles: a valid entry to an artists discography, or a throwaway
novelty item? Would they really "waste" their best stuff on a few 100
> Is anyone stillYes! Though not in the same quantity as other media. Besides
> buying 7"'s?
certain releases with exclusive tracks, the packaging itself is what
often lures me. Something that us vinyl lovers appreciate is the
'object,' the thing that presents itself to be looked at and fondled
while the music plays and which will disappear with the advent of
mp3's (I like all media, but it's a shame that this part of the
listening experience is soon to be lost). I buy the obvious
collectibles from Stereolab and related (pram, lithops, broadcast),
but also find an occasional vintage gem (proud owner of all three
versions of The Man With The Golden Arm ep with the severe
modern Saul Bass cover) ...It's great fun coming home after a
Stereolab concert, throwing the colored tour vinyl on the turntable
and admiring the sleeve artwork while you listen to something
brand new that wouldn't have fit comfortably in context of an Lp.
Long live 7" singles!
...coincidentally (I swear) listening to Sun Ra's "Singles"
> But tour-singles: a valid entry to an artistsValid entry I'd say (in particular with Stereolab, many do consider
> discography, or a throwaway novelty item? Would they really "waste"
> their best stuff on a few 100 devotees?
the singles to be their best material - though I don't agree with
this). I'd guess they do the singles for the love of it, and as another
creative outlet. They're confessed vinyl fetishists themselves of
course. The quantity pressed has increased over the years as
they've realised fans can't have enough, and you can't say they're
not generous as they regularly put out those compilations of
rarities. It's a different medium. And with a prolific group like the
lab, it's no surprise that after producing one of their meticulously
constructed Lp's there's plenty of other material done out of context
waiting to be recorded. Doesn't make it any less valid.
- true there are much less 7's coming out of standard indie rock, but you
are fooling yourself (or not very informed) if you believe that the 7"
is dead. in the screamo/emo/crust/grind/core world, 7"s are still being
issued and sold in large numbers, and in the experimental scene there are
still a fair number of 7"s coming out, which i can see on sale in
RRR & Anomalous catalogs etc (unfortunately some other experimental
catalogs refuse to bother carrying 7"s anymore). what *is* unfair is
the prices some of the experimental 7"s are going for - like that
Brainwashed label which sells 7"s for $8 each, even though they are
pressed in about the same quantity as any punk 7" which would still go
for $3-$4. there's no excuse for that.