Re: 7" singles
> of the Atlantic, releasing a variety of wierd and wonderful littleBasically the 7" single as artefact then? Which I'm in no way knocking; god
> 7"s, some on coloured vinyl, many with handmade sleeves and inserts.
> I started buying anything that 'looked' interesting - never mind
> what the music sounded like!!!
knows how many records I've bought for the packaging (Stereolabs "The In
Sound" springs to mind), and just as many records I didn't buy merely
because I missed out on the first 33 purple vinyl copies.
But personally I got bored with it; there's was a limit to how many
identical sounding (more or less) indiepop or postrock artefacts I felt I
(That said, I'd gladly pick up any and every pop EP made in France in the
60's just for their picture-sleeves. Pieces of art the lot!)
- there are the relatively-rare non-rock/pop contemporary 7"s. The Kriesel
series of minimal electronics comes to mind (i've listened to a few, though
the volume is daunting--1 a week for all of 99 if not more. any
recommendations?). a recent 7" by stock hausen & walkmen is nice, a few on
v/vm including the commented on reconstruction of nwa by kid-606 (stuttering
dementia of "ak-47 is a tool"), a few others by kid-606 and lesser are out
there as well, a nice one a year ago on machineblau (?) by scud and nomex
(noizecore they say on bentcrayon), the recent yo la tengo jazz workouts of
"now 2000/excalibur", a christian marclay/otomo yoshihide piece, numerous
works by organum. they're out there.
though i'm no scholar on the subject, it seems to bear mentioning that one
of the heydays of the 7" was 60's-70's funk/r&b (along with the even more
rarified tracks on acetates). lots of great comps out there on labels such
as BBE, harmless, etc. check em' out at dustygrooves. one worthy of mention,
and the connection of this groove to the list, is Funk Spectrum 2, one disk
of which was selected by mr. josh davis. and no discussion of this subject
would be complete without mention of mr. davis' and cut chemist's Brain
Freeze which, in a complex metamorphosis, fetishized a cd mix of many
fetishized 7"s including the masterful cut "do the slurp" issued by 7-11
(see the importance of the 7"). the potency of the show centered in part on
a lot of novelty 7"s used to prime effect by z-trip: odd football shaped
disks, triangular discs, sound effects, cartoons, all kinds of bizarre
waxworks that are out there lurking under a floral print muu-muu in a thrift
store near you.
seek and ye shall find.
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a good 7
8 lock grooves
6&8 i could
listen to forever
wide oval midrange
to 6 for
hour and so
attuned to groove
beat flip 180
and almost fell